LOLEK: TEEN LEADERSHIP TRAINING
LOLEK - a Polish nickname for young Karol Wojtyla
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As a young boy Karol was known by family and friends as Lolek, which means "free man". He made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Cracow's Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama. He was a leader from his youth and with all of his adversity (parent's death, Nazi reign, rise of Communism in Poland) found strength in his faith. He eventually entered the seminary and was ordained a priest at age 26.
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Lolek eventually became Pope (1978) and took the name John Paul II. He desired to show the youth their greatness. He spent ample time with the youth early on in his priesthood.
He founded "World Youth Days" and called the youth to holiness.
"Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages.
This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel (Rom 1:16). It is the time to preach it from the rooftops (Matt 10:27). "
- St. JPII homily from WYD 1993 in Denver, Colorado