Pilgrimage visits Port Arthur

May 19, 2008

The World Youth Day pilgrimage around Tasmania made its way to the Port Arthur Historic Site last Saturday, for a day of celebration and reflection.

Around eighty people gathered in the old convict church, where the Archbishop of Tasmania, Adrian Doyle, celebrated mass.

A procession then formed to carry the World Youth Day Cross to several significant locations around the Historic Site. Historical and cultural overviews offered by Port Arthur guides were interspersed with moments of quiet reflection and prayer.

The pilgrimage around Tasmania is part of a national pilgrimage leading to World Youth Day, which will be attended by Pope Benedict XVI in Sydney from 15-20 July.

Archbishop Doyle celebrates mass in the convict church

Archbishop Doyle celebrates mass in the convict church

The Cross is carried from the church

The Cross is carried from the church

The pilgrimage enjoyed fine autumn weather

The pilgrimage enjoyed fine autumn weather

The procession paused around the Site for moments of reflection

The procession paused around the Site for moments of reflection