Kiri primed for major role in Madrid

Brisbane archdiocese youth ministry team leader Michael Hart with Kiri Groeneveld for the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop in Rome last year


Kiri Groeneveld is "pumped" for more reasons than one about World Youth Day in Madrid next month, reports the Catholic Leader.

The 21-year-old member of the "Project Hatch" faith outreach is preparing for a new role in Spain. "I received a phone call ... asking if I'd like to be one of the MCs for the Australian gathering in Madrid," she said.

"I was thrilled because I remember the Queensland gathering we had in Sydney WYD08 and that was such a huge event and it was only Queensland.

"They are expecting around 3000 Australian pilgrims to attend the Australian gathering in Madrid so it's going to be just a bit bigger."

Kiri's experience on the youth scene extends to participation in Movers and Shakers, as a volunteer for Brisbane youth events and as a leader in her local Antioch group in Birkdale parish.

While being in Sydney in 2008 has been her only World Youth Day experience, Kiri said it was "a springboard".

"(WYD08) was just such an incredible pilgrimage ... so I can't wait for what I'll get out of WYD in Madrid," she said, soon talking of who will be travelling with her. "(And) I'm super excited to be taking Charlie Chicken (the mascot for Project Hatch) along with me.

"He became a bit of a mascot in Rome for the canonisation (of St Mary MacKillop) so he's always a fun little guy to take around."

Kiri, who's studying creative industries and film and television, has been one of the facilitators of the Project Hatch retreat team - with Dave Jorna and Ollie Toledo - since its inception in 2008.

She's "the drummer in the group" and joins in "skits and dramatisations of Gospel stories".

Fresh-faced Kiri's involvement in Church-related activities in general has strengthened her "faith and love for living the way Jesus did".

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