Gavin Rick

St Joseph’s Catholic School, Cairns. (President)

Delegates

1-3 May 2024

QCPPA Conference

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

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Title: A “Do It Yourself” Guide Following the Path of Ignatian Spirituality.

We constructed this DIY Sabbatical in 2016. It was approved at the time by BCEC and its content still holds true today. It is based around following the development of St Ignatius of Loyola and his subsequent interaction with Jesuit Spirituality. Much it was reflecting on and visiting sites that were influential on St Ignatius and his life.

Accommodation and travel expenses were organised privately as opposed to using a provider, but this worked out well and gave us flexibility as we moved to different venues. This movement was not in chronological order based on Ignatius’ activities, but was based on travel expediency. This did not affect what we saw and did.

Camino and Saints Tour of Italy – Gavin Rick 2023

The encounters with other pilgrims and the spectacular ancient paths and countryside made for a healing and soul-refreshing wander. The walk is dotted with cafes and towns to refresh along the way.

The entry into Santiago, and the arrival in front of St James’s Cathedral was a moment I will remember and cherish forever. Attending the pilgrim’s mass with the iconic ritual of swinging the famous botafumeiro of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral topped it off for us.

Italy is full of Catholic heritage and history as well as a place of splendid beauty. For this reason, we embarked on a Saints Tour of Italy. We visited Florence and the Tuscan countryside, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. We based our tour on one developed by the Tasmanian principals, led by their Bishop.

Camino and Saints Tour of Italy – Gavin Rick 2023

The encounters with other pilgrims and the spectacular ancient paths and countryside made for a healing and soul-refreshing wander. The walk is dotted with cafes and towns to refresh along the way.

The entry into Santiago, and the arrival in front of St James’s Cathedral was a moment I will remember and cherish forever. Attending the pilgrim’s mass with the iconic ritual of swinging the famous botafumeiro of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral topped it off for us.

Italy is full of Catholic heritage and history as well as a place of splendid beauty. For this reason, we embarked on a Saints Tour of Italy. We visited Florence and the Tuscan countryside, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. We based our tour on one developed by the Tasmanian principals, led by their Bishop.