Set Free in New Zealand

We’ve been blessed by the Lord to travel to many lands, domestic and international, to preach the Gospel and see what great things God is doing in and through young people around the world. We recently just returned from the Set Free youth conference held by the Diocese of Hamilition, New Zealand, and this was quite the adventure.

 

We arrived a week before the conference so we’d have time to explore the northern island (didn’t get around to the southern, but that gives us one reason, among many, to return). We spent two days in Auckland and celebrated Easter Sunday in their downtown cathedral. Then we travelled south. We surfed the famous lefthand break of Raglan, walked barefoot through Hobbiton, and visited an underground cave where glowworms dwell. We had too many “Flat Whites”— what seems to be the official espresso drink of NZ—to count and got to hang out with several of the awesome young adults and seminarians of the diocese.

 

We who have encountered the love of Jesus Christ know the importance that one retreat can make in the life of a young person, and Set Free definitely is that encounter for some of the teens of New Zealand. There were times for talks, breakout sessions, recreation, music, and of course experincing Christ in the Mass and in Adoration. It’s profound that in every part of the world—from California to Scotland to Italy to Kenya to New Zealand—the Catholic Mass is the same, and it is the same Jesus Christ who is working in His Church around the world to bring us to new life and fulfill the desires of our restless hearts.

 

Many thanks to the young adults who brought us out and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring Christ to the youth of New Zealand. You all will be in our prayers and we hope to see you again!

-Jackie & Bobby

 

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Hanging out with some amazing Dominican sisters!

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One of many waterfalls we saw

Pretending to be Hobbits

Pretending to be Hobbits

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Hobbiton

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After a surf session in Raglan

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Hope to see you again, New Zealand!

  One thought on “Set Free in New Zealand

  1. valeroe
    April 15, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Awesome! I love and admire it how couples go around spreading the Good News of the Lord, and how beautiful Sacrament of Marriage should be is – to work together to couple for the good of god and the Church. This is really beautiful and pray that that more discerning marriage and those married to understand that marriage is a means to an end and not an end :)
    God bless you both!

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