On the ground in South America: Parramatta to Rio pilgrimage


The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio
The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooks Rio

From Catholic Outlook, the official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta

In preparation for the Parramatta to Rio WYD 2013 pilgrimage, Ian Jordan, Executive Officer for WYD13, and Michael Digges, Business Manager for the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, headed to South America.

Ian describes their journey to some of the possible destinations for pilgrims to visit in the lead-up to WYD in Rio (see blog at www.parrawyd.org).

The journey begins

We flew from Sydney to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where we got a connecting flight to Posadas. Once there, we settled in for an early start the next morning to the Jesuit Guarani Missions.

An unexpected highlight of this visit was to encounter the magnificent 360’ high steel cross, built recently for the faithful as an addition to the Santa Anna Mission.

This cross, Parque Tematico de La Cruz, has extraordinary surrounds and a vista that brings peace and tranquility, and lends to meditation and prayer.

From Santa Anna Mission we travelled to Ignacio Mini. In 1610, two Jesuit priests, Jose Cataldino and Simon Masceta, founded this community as one of the 30 guarani (native) settlements in the area.

Amazingly, they established and administered a 78ha site, which accommodated up to 5000. The planning and vision was extraordinary and San Ignacio was one of the most outstanding Jesuit missions of those times.

Walking through the 'restored' ruins, you could not help but get a sense of what it was like then. The Spirit is still alive in this place!

Continuing reading Parramatta to Rio Pilgrimage story at Catholic Outlook

For news and information about the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta’s WYD Rio 2013 pilgrimage, go to www.parrawyd.org


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