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Brothers make trip to New York to see Pope

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Kirk and Grant Meyers, both from Brazil, traveled to New York recently to see Pope Benedict XVI after their Archbishop nominated them.
Two local brothers got the honor of their lives when they were nominated by their Archbishop to see Pope Benedict XVI in New York, recently.

Kirk, 18, and Grant, 17, Meyers live in Brazil and attend Annunciation Church, 19 N. Alabama, Brazil. The brothers attend Northview High School for half the day and they are home schooled the rest of the day. Their mother works at Annunciation School and the boys continue their education there. Kirk is a senior and Grant is a junior.

Grant said the Archdiocese of Indianapolis decided to send 50 students from the state to go to New York to see Pope Benedict XVI.

"Our Archbishop has good connections in the dioceses and they asked him if he would like to nominate anyone. He mentioned us," he said.

Kirk said it helped that he was also a member of the Archdiocese youth council.

On April 17, the boys traveled to Indianapolis. They boarded a bus with others, including a girl chosen from Terre Haute, from across the state and left the Indianapolis Catholic Center for New York. They drove across Ohio, Pennsylvania and then to New York. Grant said their parish at Annunciation, family, friends and other parishes raised money to help the students on their trip. He said they were given $300.

When the boys arrived, they rested and woke up early April 19 to wait at the field of St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, a suburb of New York.

"It was amazing seeing 50 people from your own state sacrifice a meal to go early in the morning to see the Pope," Grant said. "It was great, people came together to see him."

The boys were not sure how many people were there, but believed it was more than 20,000.

Grant said people arrived in the early morning hours. They were out in the field, and Kirk said they didn't get to shake his hand or get to close to the Pope.

Kirk said a half-an-hour before entertainment began, he was feeling anxious. When the Pope came out, Kirk said he felt like a kid in the candy store. He recalled the sound of the crowd as loud cheers came from everywhere.

"It was so awesome to see the unity of all the people," he said. "He brought hope to all there."

Pope Benedict spoke of hope and unity among the youth. Kirk recalled the way he spoke and how it touched him. He said he was so overwhelmed with the whole event and could not get over how unified everyone was. He said the Pope blessed everyone and prayed over the crowd.

Grant said the best part of the morning was the blessing.

Both brothers agreed this is an experience they will never forget and both feel blessed to have been nominated.

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What great ambassadors for our town and state. These boys show what is good about our community. I am so happy they got to have these experiences.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Apr 25, 2008, at 7:18 AM

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