World Youth Day, Sydney 2008

Roughing it

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Hello everyone. We safely arrived in Sydney yesterday and after a couple obstacles, the complete San Antonio group is united at a small school named St. Charles. Bishop Cantú has now taken his stay with other bishops from around the world. Though we have faced a couple of obstacles we have reminded ourselves that we are pilgrims, not tourists.

In regards to the title of this blog, we are somewhat roughing it right now.  The San Antonio group which consists of about 95 pilgrims plus some pilgrims from Australia, India and Italy are also staying in the same Catholic school that we will reside in for the remainder of the week.  In total there are 150 of us sleeping on the gym floor or in class rooms. The news that came most shocking to the pilgrims is that there are only 3 showers for all 150 of us.  The school we are staying at found out that we were staying there only 4 days ago and due to the fact that they did not have showers and in order to better accomidate us, they built showers in their recreation area for us. We are very grateful and realize that we may not be able to take a shower every day and if we do have a chance to take a shower it will be limited to about 3 minutes, but everything is good.

Festivals are happening around Sydney and some of the group will be visiting the local zoo today. We will celebrate the opening Mass for WYD this evening which we are very excited about. Please continue to pray for us as we continue on this spiritual journey to become closer to God.

Thank you for your wonderful comments. Please continue to read as we embark on more adventures.



Written by archsa

July 14, 2008 at 8:31 pm

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  1. You and all of the pilgrims are in our prayers as you face the daily challenges that are part of your spiritual journey. We are united in spirit and prayer for the world’s youth and for increasing vocations.

    God Bless,
    Leticia Ramirez

    Leticia Ramirez

    July 15, 2008 at 9:10 am

  2. Cynthia,

    Have a blessed day……May the “roughing it out” be a part of appreciating the blessings God has bestowed upon you and the pilgrims…..continue to trust in God and be filled with the Holy Spirit! Hello to Brian, Kristal, and Sarah from OLG in La Coste – lots of blessings.


    July 15, 2008 at 4:59 pm

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