Trip of a lifetime for Valley students
By EMMA CORNFORD
TWO Grafton students will soon be wandering the awe-inspiring halls of St Peters and experiencing German hospitality as they travel to Europe to attend World Youth Day.
Joseph Lancaster and Joanna Castle, both Year 11 students at McAuley Catholic College, are two of 24 students selected from catholic high schools in the Lismore Diocese to take part in the pilgrimage.
Both students said they were excited about the three-week trip, which begins on August 6.
"It will be a really good atmosphere of people sharing the same beliefs and it will be great meeting people and making new friends," Joanna said.
Joseph, who has never before been overseas, said the highlight would be visiting all the different places on the journey.
"I'm looking forward to seeing all the sights. Seeing St Peters should be amazing," he said.
More than one million catholic students from all over the world are expected to converge on the German city of Cologne for World Youth Day, 1000 of whom will come from Australia.
"It's basically to enrich our faith and learn about a new culture," Joanna said.
Bishop of Lismore Geoffrey Jarrett will accompany the group from the Lismore Dio- cese.