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Parramatta to Rio blog


Parramatta to Rio blog
The ruins of San Ignacio Mini.

The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta's WYD2013 Executive Co-ordinator Ian Jordan is currently blogging his way through South America with Diocesan Business Manager Michael Digges, making sure all is in readiness for when the Diocese's pilgrims journey to World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro next year (23 to 28 July 2013).

On his travels, Ian has visited San Ignacio Mini, one of the many missions founded by the Jesuits in the Americas. 

"In 1610, two Jesuit priests, Jose Cataldino and Simon Masceta founded this community as one of the 30 guarani (native) settlements in the area," Ian blogs.

"Amazingly, they established and administered a 78 hectare 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!"

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