They finally arrived home, August 26, about five hours late, tired but happy after the “experience of a lifetime,” at World Youth Day events in Madrid, Spain and visiting ancient and holy sites in Italy.
Melissa Strachan, 21, and Chelsea Dumontier, 18, were two of 41 Regina Archdiocesan youth pilgrims. They were accompanied by Archdiocesan Youth Coordinator Michelle Braden, Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Reverend Danilo Rafael.
The trip was 24 days. It included a week in Rome with a visit to Assisi; a week in Granada, Spain hosted with local families; a week in Madrid with Word Youth Day events and the remaining days at the El Poblado del Amanacer retreat centre in a nature preserve near Spain’s Mediterranean Coast.
Braden said the trip was challenging but she recognized lots of growth in herself and among the other pilgrims. Dumontier and Strachan said they learned more about themselves and their faith had been strengthened.
The entire trip was a highlight for...