World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

Arrival in New Zealand

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The first 20 of our 94 pilgrims from SA arrived in New Zealand yesterday morning.  As Cynthia has mentioned, we were greeted at St. Anthony’s parish in Waiuku with a traditional Maori greeting (Including native chanting, speeches, the touching of noses!).  The weather in New Zealand has been quite cold.  We made a beautiful journey today to the lighthouse across the harbor from Auckland.  It was a crisp, clear, if chilly, day!  The sights were exquisite.  We then made our way to one of the beaches on the harbor for a brisk picnic, but we quickly warmed up with a game of rugby.  Ignorance of the rules did not stop the San Antonians from participating.  The young ladies avenged themselves from having to sit in the back during the traditional greeting ceremony.  They insisted on playing the gentlemen, and squarely stood their ground.  A little pride was spilt, but no teeth were lost, thank goodness!

The green, rolling hills of this fare country, along with the tranquil scenery of grazing cattle and herds of sheep bring a breath of fresh air to the young pilgrims.  We are praying for our families, for the pope, and for the needs of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

-Bishop Cantu

We celebrated a beautiful Mass with the pilgrims and our hosts.


Written by archsa

July 8, 2008 at 12:06 am

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  1. It’s nice to hear about your arrival in New Zealand and the beauty of the country. We are all praying that the experience will fill your hearts with greater zeal for the home church communities upon your return.

    Sr. C. Rodriguez

    July 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm

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