Indian Pilgrimage 2014

An old Chinese proverb says, ‘Tell me and I may forget. Show me and I may remember, but involve me and I will understand’.

“The Indian Pilgrimage was truly a life-changing experience. The people, food, culture, poverty and lifestyle were a real eye-opener and have inspired me to make more of a difference in the world”. - Stephanie Gianatti.

The Indian Pilgrimage 2014 was a lived experience of involving hands and hearts into the service of God and service to others. By moving outside personal comfort zones and learning to accept others, the 20 member pilgrimage team served some of the least fortunate in Indian society such as orphans, street children, HIV infected little children, children born with mental and physical disabilities, abused teenage girls, the homeless and elderly in Bangalore, Mysore and Koppa.  Mrs Collette Miranda and the three parishioners from St Joseph parish, cooked meals for over 450 residents in six different charity organisations. The residents of various organisations were overwhelmingly happy to be visited by the pilgrmage team and grateful to receive our donations.

The St Norbert College pilgrims also visited St Norbert School Koppa and spent two days interacting with students, offering Professional Development for Koppa school staff and engaging students.

The Indian Pilgrimage 2014 provided an opportunity to be the living hands of Jesus in each of the orphanages and rehabilitation centres assisted. It also helped to demonstrate God’s unconditional love for all. Everyone who participated on the Indian Pilgrimage 2014, has been touched in some way and are all even more grateful for the blessings they have in Australia.

“It was a huge eye-opener for me, seeing how different the Indian culture is to the Australian culture. Seeing how little so many people have, but they were still so grateful for what they did have and were so happy”.  - Jack Mancini.

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