Here is the letter from the Archbishop to the youth of Montreal on the occasion of the 35th Diocesan World Youth Day.


Dear young people,

I greatly appreciate the opportunity to celebrate every Diocesan World Youth Day with you. Such moments allow us to celebrate together our faith in Jesus Christ and to be witnesses in the city of our joy and our hope.

It is in this same spirit of joy and hope that I invite you to join me on Saturday, April 4, on the occasion of the 35th Diocesan World Youth Day.

Last year we meditated on the “ Amen” confidently said by the Virgin Mary when she replied to the angel “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38).

This year, Pope Francis invites us to meditate on the following theme: “Young man, I say to you arise.”(Lk 7:14)

In joyfully celebrating Diocesan WYD, knowing that Christ is alive, that He loves young people and that He wants us to be alive, I encourage you to come and discover God’s loving providence for us and how we are invited to open our hearts completely and to trust He who invites us to live in hope and who gives meaning to our lives.

Come in great numbers to this celebration and invite your friends!

While waiting to have the joy of meeting you, I express to you my most cordial wishes. I pray for each and every one of you. May God, in His great goodness, fill you with His blessings and guide you on the path of true love.

Jesus loves you!

† Christian Lépine
Archbishop of Montréal