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UST’s Fr. Dempsey to serve as a chaplain and speaker at World Youth Day 2023

Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga and Fr. Dempsey at World Youth Day 2023A group of 10 UST students and Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta will be in attendance. They are heading for the transformational gathering anticipated by millions of Catholics and other people of goodwill that is forming in Lisbon, Portugal, from August 1-6. It is called World Youth Day 2023 and marks a major recurring international Catholic festival Saint Pope John Paul II started to celebrate the vibrant Christian faith. Attendees can participate in numerous religious events, enriching and immersing their lives in the Life of Christ.

How Fr. Dempsey Will Serve

UST is pleased to announce Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, director of UST’s Center Semillero for Hispanic/Latino Theology, will participate in World Youth Day as a chaplain and speaker from the Pane Foundation. The Foundation is a society of apostolic life with pontifical status led by General President Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga and President (for the Foundation in the U.S.) Dr. Ricardo Grozona.

Through its Young Christonautas Program experience in past World Youth Days, the Ramón Pané Foundation has led the way to the new evangelization through the innovative use of technology, especially in music and video.

UST students at World Youth Day in LisbonFr. Dempsey will deliver three main presentations from the Cristonautas Park in the Praça Martim Moniz part of Lisbon:

·      August 2, at 6 p.m.: “Youth in the Bible”

·      August 3, at 8 p.m.: “La Juventud en la Biblia”

·      August 4, at 6 p.m.: “Mary and Sinodality” / “Maria y la Sinodalidad”

In addition to his talks, Fr. Dempsey will stay very busy.

“I will be part of the team of priests there for confessions, sacramental life, and serving as the official chaplain of the Ramón Pané Foundation,” Fr. Dempsey said. “Also, I will be representing UST by creating short videos and comments for posting to our social network since I am promoting UST’s Spanish theology program.”

Theme for World Youth Day 2023

Pope Francis chose the theme for World Youth Day 2023. The words to remember are in Luke 1:39, “Mary arose and went with haste.”

"The meaning of this quotation from Luke is very deep and special,” Fr. Dempsey explained. “Mary, a young girl who had just received the Annunciation from the Archangel Gabriel, knew that her relative Elizabeth was pregnant. So, Mary hastily went to help her in her pregnancy. She became the model of a young woman who was not indifferent to the needs of others. She is a paradigm of youthful service who can leave the comfort of her own home to be supportive, compassionate, and helpful to others. Mary's example inspires us to live a youthful and dynamic Christian life of faith and action in our current challenging world.”

Follow Fr. Dempsey on instagram @ustcentrosemillero to keep up with exciting updates from World Youth Day in Lisbon.