|World Youth Day pilgrims from Vancouver pictured with the children from the slums. Photo credit: vanwyd.|
A pilgrim from Star of the Sea Parish wrote a reflection about her time there:
Today has been the definition of bittersweet. We are currently on our way from Missionary Week in Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro for WYD. While we are excited for all of the events in Rio and anxious to see what this week holds for each of us, the past week with our new family at Santa Zita parish has been one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. From the moment we arrived last Tuesday, we were welcomed with wide open arms and extreme joy.
The Sisters of the Carmelite Mission made their house a home away from home for us. We weren't merely guests in their home, but felt like we were meant to be there.You can read her entire article on the VanWYD blog.