Youth invited to join Archbishop for Tasmanian pilgrimage

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Youth invited to join Archbishop for Tasmanian pilgrimage

Young Catholics are being invited to join Archbishop Julian on a pilgrimage through Tasmanian Catholic heartland on March 3 and 4 as part of the Australia-wide Year of Youth.
The ‘Year of Youth’ Pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Colebrook will involve walking from St John’s in Richmond, the oldest continually-used Catholic Church in Australia, to the historic St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colebrook.

Archbishop Julian says that a pilgrimage is more than just a walk; it reflects the idea that we are on a pilgrimage through life with others.

“It is also meant to have a dimension of prayer so we will be having adoration on Saturday night, as well as having a Mass at the beginning and a Mass at the end of the pilgrimage.”

Now in its second year, last year’s pilgrimage attracted more than 30 young people from around Tasmania, as well as some who travelled from Melbourne and Brisbane to attend.

18 year old Abigail Lane from Sandfly took part last year.

“I’d never been on a pilgrimage before,” Miss Lane said.

“I thought it would be good fun and I enjoy walking … I got to make a lot of new friends as well.”

Miss Lane said she enjoyed the opportunity for long conversations with people as they walked.

“It was really cool because we got to do things like pray the rosary on the way,” she said.

“It was a beautiful walk, we went through bushland and farmland. It was really nice because you can drive through it, but walking through it you get a different perspective.”

The pilgrimage is open to young people up to the age of 35 – although those under 18 will require a guardian to join them on the pilgrimage.

The cost for pilgrims is $50 which includes a barbecue dinner on Saturday night and lunch on Sunday. You can purchase tickets here.

Contact Tomasz Juszczak at the Archdiocese of Hobart on 6208 6038 for more information.