Led by Delegate of the Diocesan Administrator Rev Christopher de Souza PP, Greg Whitby, Chancery representatives, Catholic Education Office leaders and a small group of local principals are currently on pilgrimage to Jordan, Israel, Assisi and Rome.
There have been five pilgrimages in total, including journeys following in the footsteps of St Paul and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
Each pilgrimage has provided a powerful formation experience, strengthening the faith of local Catholic leaders. In addition to supporting principals in their work of evangelisation, pilgrimages have also forged and strengthened collaboration and community between participants.
Desiree Rashada, Manager of People and Culture, will be sharing with us a small snippet each day of their experiences while on pilgrimage.
This morning we commenced early for the privilege of Mass at the Altar of the Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Every member of the group was deeply moved by this profound mass.
We then walked the Stations of the Cross, led by Fr Chris de Souza – another once in a lifetime experience.
We then travelled to Bethlehem University and we were very moved by the students there. Their hope for peace for the future, and the peace and harmony found among the group, which consists of Muslims and Christians, was moving.
Finally we visited the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem.