“We may be tired, but we are happy. Never get tired to be happy”, Msgr. Ramon Tronqued said as he addresses over 4000 pilgrims in his homily during the mass that concluded the 36th Marian Youth Pilgrimage in Joroan, Tiwi Albay on October 6.
This year’s youth pilgrimage themed “Youth Ministers: Called and Chosen”, commenced at 5 a.m. where the pilgrims coming from various parishes, schools, and youth organizations assembled at Barangay Bano and where the five-kilometer walk to the Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Salvation in Barangay Joroan started.
Jane Hearty Bolata, a youth pilgrim from the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Malilipot, Albay said that joining the Marian pilgrimage did not only deepened her devotion to the Blessed Mother but also strengthened her values of serving the community better. Bolata has been a consistent pilgrim for four years.
The Diocesan Council for Youth (DCY) who facilitates the annual Marian pilgrimage in behalf of the Diocese of Legazpi is thankful for the continued devotion of the youth to Our Lady of Salvation. DCY Lay Co-Chairman, Andrew Ranera also thanked the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Tiwi for providing security to ensure the safety of the pilgrims.
However, Ranera admitted that less pilgrims attended this year’s activity.
“Kulang talaga ang participants dahil sa busy na schedules these past few weeks, dae nakapag reach-out sa mga schools,”Ranera said.
Awarding of winners for e-poster making contest was also held at the end of the Mass where St. Raphael Academy and St. James the Greater Parish of Libon tied-up for the first place. One of the winning posters will be used as the art work for the official Diocesan calendar on the Year of the Youth in 2019.