The last few days…
So we have arrived in Sydney and are happily billetted in a bayside home in Vaucluse. We stopped in Goulbourn for lunch yesterday, and three bus loads of Neocats were there too. Very lively singing, and Cathy was “evangelised”!
We arrived late afternoon, and were just settling down when I received a message that I had to go back into the city to collect the backpacks and tickets for our “group” and hosts–which were not delivered to the parish as they should have been. But I was given the wrong street number and ended up wandering the back streets of Sydney after dark… not nice. I ran into this scruffy looking American Franciscan and asked for directions. He said that he didn’t know where the place was that I was looking for, but he would pray to St Anthony that I would find out. A few minutes later I did find the WYD homestay headquarters (it was a disused church) I saw a picture of the priest on the wall: it was Fr Stan Fortuna, a WYD star attraction…
This morning was catechesis at Our Lady Star of the Sea at Watson’s Bay. There were South Africans, Ugandans, Welsh, English (from Nottingham with natty little robin hood hats!), Dominican High School students from Pennsylvania (plus the Nashville Sisters), Melbournians (ourselves and the Geoghegans), and from Adelaide (the Salisbury team). The Africans led the music and teaching, with Bishop Patrick Mve Mve – good stuff, especially the bongo music.
Our Lady’s is the parish of Bishop Anthony Fisher, the World Youth Day Coordinator. It was good to see our old friend again after a couple of years since our last visit.
We had a very enjoyable BBQ afterwards in the warm Sydney sun.
And Bishop Anthony’s Secretary Alison and I had a good whinge about the negative reporting of World Youth Day in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.
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