Catholic Youth Parramatta

'Pilgrims not tourists': Harvest prepares for WYDRio2013


WYDRio2013 News Story

For the fifth consecutive World Youth Day (WYD), Harvest Pilgrimages is the Australian Bishops' Official Tour provider for WYD Rio de Janeiro 2013, with preparations well underway for what might be the largest Australian contingent to leave our shores for a single event.

There are three Catholic Diocese of Parramatta WYDRio2013 pilgrimages available through Harvest - 'Iguazu & WYD Rio', 'Lima, Iguazu & WYD Rio' and 'MEXICO Iguazu & WYD Rio'.

Details of the Parramatta pilgrimage packages can be seen here at the You can register your interest in undertaking one of these pilgrimages on the site here.

See the world through the eyes of faith

Harvest has 21 years' invaluable expertise in planning and preparing groups for a pilgrimage adventures they will never forget.

WYDRio2013 (23-28 July 2013) will be one of the largest projects Harvest has ever undertaken, in what promises to be a true, deep and conversional pilgrimage for those who undertake the journey.

Harvest Pilgrimages Managing Director Philip Ryall is committed to giving pilgrims an authentic Christian experience as they travel to World Youth Days.

The catch phrase “pilgrims not tourists” is frequently used, and says much about the vision that Harvest has for passing on the faith.

“South America holds a unique appeal that will draw our youth into a deeper encounter with the people, faith and cultural realities that they experience,” Philip said.

Whether it is rebuilding a church in a poor area of Lima, praying at the Jesuit missions of Posadas or witnessing God’s creation at the Iguasu Falls, all roads will lead to the one sacred highpoint in Rio where the Holy Father will join with hundreds of thousands of youth from every tribe and nation.”

“For us, it is not just about being a tour operator – in fact, logistics are only a very small part of what we do. We provide pilgrimage journeys that integrate the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of faith,” Philip said.


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