Young Pilgrims Head West
29 August 2020

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival took place last week, with thousands of young people traveling to Perth in celebration of their faith.

Across three busy days, the pilgrims came together to share in song and prayer. Among the group were over 1000 young Melburnians representing the Archdiocese – the largest traveling pilgrim group at the event.

Student Madeline Lew-Kee was part of the Melbourne pilgrimage. For Madeline, the opportunity to meet and talk with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli and Archbishop Timothy Costelloe was a real highlight, as was the opening plenary with Fr Rob Galea – “he writes some pretty awesome worship songs!” Madeline explained.

Reflecting on the event, Archbishop Peter described the Festival as a “humbling experience to be in prayer with so many young people from across every part of Australia.” For more from the Archbishop, visit his official Instagram and Twitter accounts.

The Catholic Development Fund (CDF) is proud to have played a part in helping to get the enthusiastic group of Melbourne pilgrims across the Nullarbor. A platinum sponsor of the Melbourne Pilgrimage Appeal, CDF provided a cash donation as well as 60 donation point ‘Tap and Give’ machines to support parish fundraising efforts.

The next national youth festival is already in the works with a rural location planned for 2021. Until then, these young Catholics are heading home with full hearts and plenty of inspiration to continue exploring and celebrating their faith.