Pilgrims on the first Outback Trailblazer pilgrimage, August 2022
Bishop Greg O’Kelly led a group of pilgrims from Adelaide up through the desert heart of Australia with stops in Coober Pedy, Uluru and Alice Springs. There were Masses in underground churches, welcoming encounters with remote parish communities, and even time to hug a joey.
Being a pilgrim in the great Australian outback is an opportunity to connect to the “Great South Land of the Holy Spirit” – all within the context of a faith community formed by fellow pilgrims and the faithful people encountered along the way.
The natural beauty of God’s creation is another window into the goodness of God and a means to understand our place, calling and mission in the world. The pilgrims explained it well…
An extraordinary spiritual experience made all the more special by having Bishop Greg O’Kelly as chaplain. His knowledge and connection to the people helped the group to connect with the local Church and experience something of the unique challenge encountered by the Church pioneers.
My first pilgrimage and a memorable one. It was full of the beauty of God’s creation, the sights, sounds, moments of silence and reflection in the people we met along the way including all the clergy and parishioners instilling in me a sense of love and communion with people and our surroundings.
An inspirational and life-changing journey for me. I have Parkinson’s and at the beginning felt anxious about ‘keeping up’, but I have felt supported both physically, emotionally and spiritually every step of the way. The group of 16 have bonded really well and I know I will leave this pilgrimage enriched and deeply moved.
This pilgrimage has left me with a deeper sense of the presence of God in my life.
Prayerful, reflective, informative, and friendly group. It gave me a sense of belonging to the Church. Experienced hospitality and prayerful support from communities we visited.
We shared joy in God’s Word and joy in God’s creation!