In all her grace and beauty, it was St Mary's Cathedral that set the scene to mark the closing Mass and ceremony for the Lasallian Youth Gathering (LYG17).
Over 254 delegates, Brothers and Lay partners gathered to mark what has been a most significant event for the District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea, and for the Lasallian Mission Council's Youth Ministry Team (YMT). A gathering that has seen students and adult Lasallians from across all our four sectors, arrive as strangers and leave as friends.
The Mass was led by Father Hong Pham and Father Alan Gibson from St Vincent's Parish, Ashfield. Offering take home messages to the congregation about community and faith, Executive Director of Lasallian Mission Council, Merv McCormack gave a show of thanks to all who attended and to the YMT for their hard work.
Teacher Jerald Bablis from Jubilee Catholic School in Papua New Guinea said of his experience of LYG; "I arrived with a large group of students and it is so humbling to see them all really come out of their shells and show their true colours."
Former Share the Mission volunteer from Balgo, Olivia Dunn said, "I really get a lot out of these gatherings, and it also works as a reminder about just how big our Lasallian community stretches."
After the Mass, all 254 delegates enjoyed lunch in Hyde Park on a beautifully sunny day, before venturing on a pilgrimage across the Sydney Harbour Bridge towards the St Mary Mackillop Place, North Sydney.
Later tonight, pilgrims will enjoy a closing night dinner at Darling Harbour, before commencing journeys home in the days ahead.
Photo Gallery of closing Mass for LYG17
LYG Photo Gallery
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