Maitland-Newcastle heads to ACYF: Day 7 (Perth - St John of God Retreat Centre)

The Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) came to an end yesterday evening with a closing mass at Trinity College in Perth attended by over 5,500 pilgrims.

This morning, just over half of Maitland-Newcastle Diocese’s 40-odd pilgrims flew home, with those remaining staying on for a two-day retreat at St John of God Retreat Centre in Shoalwater, just 40 minutes outside of Perth city.

Once they arrived, pilgrims had the opportunity to enjoy the serene beachfront location prior to the commencement of the retreat tomorrow 12 December.

The retreat centre is a ministry of the Sisters of St John of God, initially established as a holiday home for the Sisters in 1958, when it was blessed and opened by Archbishop Prendiville.

The beautiful setting and relaxed atmosphere has for many years been a place for different groups of people seeking retreat, rest or formation to find balance in their busy lives; to “come away for a while” and find peace and rest with God.

Management describes the centre as “one of hospitality and welcome, providing a quiet place for prayer, reflection and renewal for our guests.”

Over two full days, Maitland-Newcastle pilgrims will have a chance to reconnect with their spirituality as they enter a number of sessions led by Fr Anthony Coloma of Singleton.

The group will further welcome the company of Bishop Bill Wright, who is continuing to accompany the young pilgrims after his participation in ACYF.

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Alexander Foster is the Digital Communications Officer in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle