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.
Starting bright and early, we visited Ein Karem, where St Elizabeth visited Mary and where St John the Baptist was born. We visited the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls. We then travelled into Bethlehem to the Church of the Nativity, where a silver star marks the spot where Jesus Christ was born. We finished the day with Mass at the Shepherd’s field and an exceptional Armenian group dinner.