From today, 31 July, I shall be setting off on a journey that will take me to Normandy, to the vicinity of Lisieux for the once-a-decade international gathering of the Federation of Guides and Scouts of Europe. The event is called Eurojam, and has as its theme ‘Come and See’; an invitation to youth to come away and spend time with Christ and one another as scouts and guides.
I shall be travelling with our Edinburgh Clan, the Clan of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, assembled under its newly-minted banner (above). We hope to imbibe the camaraderie and spirit of ‘scoutisme’,to make vital contacts and to network, and to be recognized as members of the Federation of Scouts d’Europe.
I shall be chaplain to one of the camps, encompassing 180 scouts, but we expect 11-12,000 scouts in total. Mass will be celebrated every morning in Latin, with plenty of chance for confession, adoration, fevorinos and a Pilgrimage to Lisieux.
The video below gives you (and me!) an idea of what to expect. Please pray for us all.