Youth 2000 Summer Festival 2016 at Cistercian College.

Youth 2000 announces Summer Festival 2016 at Cistercian College

The monks of Mount St Joseph Abbey are delighted that Youth 2000 will be holding their Summer Festival here at Cistercian College this summer for the fourth successive year.

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival is the largest Catholic youth festival to be held each year in Ireland. It is a lively four-day gathering of 16-35 year-olds with great music, workshops, prayer, concert, inspiring talks, games and plenty of time for relaxing and meeting new people. Over 1,200 young people will participate in the events of the festival which will make full use of the extensive facilities of Cistercian College and Mount St Joseph Abbey.

The festival, which runs from a Thursday to a Sunday, takes place this year from 7 to 10 July and will be held in Cistercian College, the boarding school in the grounds of Mount St Joseph Abbey.  The festival is being held earlier this year, in advance of World Youth Day, which takes place from 25 to 31 July.

Speaking about the announcement the Abbot, Dom Richard Purcell said “We are delighted to welcome Youth 2000 back to Mount St Joseph Abbey and Cistercian College Roscrea once more for their Summer Festival.  Mount St Joseph Abbey has been designated a special place of pilgrimage by the Diocese of Killaloe in this Year or Mercy and we are very happy that all those who will be attending the Summer Festival will have to opportunity to visit the monastery.  The festival will also be a special time of preparation for World Youth Day which takes place in Poland later in the month.”

Youth 2000 first held retreats in Cistercian College in the late 1990s and they held some of their biggest residential Christmas Retreats here in 2002 and 2003. The festival is donation only with free buses from around the country.

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