Formation sessions begin next stage of WYD pilgrimage
By Mary Brazell
By Mary Brazell, 5 May 2023
The Diocese of Parramatta’s journey towards the 2023 World Youth Day in Lisbon, Portugal, has taken another step forward, as the 170 parish and school pilgrims begun their seven-week formation program.
Despite marking the end of the school holidays, the room was abuzz as pilgrims, small group leaders and chaplains gathered for the first time as a pilgrimage group at the Novotel Sydney Rooty Hill on Monday 24 April.
“This is an exciting start,” Mark Smith, Pilgrimage Coordinator and Head Mission, Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese, told the group.
“Thank you for all of the effort, all of the organisation, all of the discernment that has led you to being here in your chair. You are a gift to us.