Among the hundreds of thousands of young people from 155 countries who took part in World Youth Day Jan. 22-27 in Panamá, a half-dozen U.S. Military members participated with the support of their chapel communities and the AMS. Bishop Buckon led the military young adult group, comprising servicemen and women from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA, and the Marine Corps Bases at Camp Lejeune, NC, and Camp Kinser on Okinawa, Japan.
In past World Youth Day celerations, the AMS delegation has stayed in military accommodations in the host country. However, since Panamá has no standing military, the AMS group stayed with host families throughout the six-day pilgrimage. Ms. Casey Bustamante, Associate Director for Young Adult Ministry, said those arrangements gave the visitors a chance to experience the hospitality, love, and excitement of the Panamanian people.