BRISBANE’S Luke Plant isn’t long home from St Mary MacKillop’s canonisation, an event he said “highlights for young people that there is something real and tangible about the Catholic faith”.
“For young people Mary MacKillop’s canonisation, on the back of World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008, highlights that we are all called to be ‘saints’,” Luke said.
“(This means) to pursue a relationship with God, to hear and follow God’s call in our lives and to impact the world through serving the people around us.”
Luke travelled with a pilgrimage group of 22, organised by Brisbane’s Emmanuel Community, to attend the canonisation although they already had plans to be in Rome and Assisi for the International Catholic Fraternity Conference from October 28-31.
“When the canonisation was announced we quickly added it to our pilgrimage plans,” he said.
“It was exciting to be part of this historic moment for Australia and the Church.
“Although the canonisation ceremony itself was mostly in Italian and other languages other than English, there was still a strong sense that something spiritually monumental was happening.”
Among his “personal highlights” of the trip was “simply exploring the many churches and the heritage we have of thousands of years of Catholic faith”.
Heading to the conference in Assisi after being in Rome, Luke said he “discovered something of the spirituality and impact of St Francis and St Clare” in “a beautiful, peaceful place”.
“The pilgrimage was an incredible experience,” he said. “It gave me an expanded vision of the Church, my role in the Church and particularly Emmanuel Community’s contribution to and current role within the Catholic Fraternity around the world.”
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