Dioce­san Day of Ser­vice

The Times-Tribune - - Local - — FRANK WILKES LESNEFSKY

Be­tween 200 and 300 youths and young adults from through­out the area re­sponded to Pope Fran­cis’ urg­ing to “leave a mark” on the world.

About 30 of the par­tic­i­pants helped with the setup of Wel­com­ing Scran­ton, Sis­ter Mindy Weld­ing, I.H.M., said. “This morn­ing, the kids were happy to be there,” she said.

There was an air of “ner­vous ex­cite­ment” among the par­tic­i­pants as they pre­pared for the day, and it was nice for them to be able to do some­thing in their home­town, she said.

The ages ranged from grade school through col­lege, Weld­ing said.

Brid­get Bar­nic, 20, was one of the par­tic­i­pants in the Day of Ser­vice. “This is a way for us to live out his (Pope Fran­cis’) call to ac­tion and ser­vice,” she said. “Hope­fully it’ll just keep grow­ing.”

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