Today at Campion College we held the Mass for the start of a new year, welcoming especially the new first years and presenting them with their undergraduate gowns. Here they all are together with Dr Daintree the head of the College and Dr Rizzo. Today is a day of much grace for us for we recognise the Lord blessing the College through the induction of a new first year.
O Lord Jesus Christ, keep these young people in your love. Let them hear your voice and believe what you say, for you alone have the words of Life. Teach them how to profess their faith, bestow their love, and impart their hope to others.
Make them convincing witnesses to your Gospel in a world so much in need of your saving grace. Make them the new people of the Beatitudes, that they may be the salt of the earth and the light of the world at the beginning of the third Christian Millennium.
Mary, Mother of the Church, protect and guide these young men and women of the 21st century. Keep us all close to your Maternal heart.
(Prayer of Pope John Paul II at Toronto World Youth Day, 2002)