Two Young Canadians to Meet Holy Father in Rome

Thursday, March 25 2004

(CCCB – Ottawa)… Ms. Renée Daigle of the University of Moncton, New Brunswick, and Mr. David Byrne of St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, Ontario, will be representing Canada at the 8th International Forum for Youth organized by the Holy See, 31 March – 4 April 2004.

Delegated by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, the two students will participate in a forum being held in conjunction with preparations of Passion Sunday, which coincides every year with World Youth Day. The theme this year is “Youth and University: Witnessing to Christ in the University World”.

Born in New Brunswick, 20-year-old Renée Daigle is from Richibouctou, N.B., and currently finishing her third year in radiology. She is the Atlantic regional representative on the Canadian Catholic Students’ Association (CCSA), and is also involved as a lay pastoral assistant in her parish, Notre-Dame de l’Acadie. She participated in World Youth Day celebrations in both Rome (2000) and Toronto (2002).

David Byrne is also 20 years old. He is currently in his second year in art and religious studies. He is involved with youth groups in a number of parishes, as well as serving as the Central Canada regional representative of the CCSA. He is also the co-chair of the national CCSA conference that will be held in January 2005.