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"Uplifting" Sydney weekend gathering celebrates family life

Families from across Australia converged on Sydney at the weekend for the Second National Catholic Family Gathering, which was hailed as "the most wonderful, uplifting, inspirational celebration of family life".

More than 1300 people took part in the Living the Dream conference, which started on Friday night and finished with a vibrant Family Mass last night at St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill.

Chairman of the Bishops' Committee for Family and for Life, Bishop Eugene Hurley, said the event was "absolutely magnificent".

"It has been the most wonderful, uplifting, inspirational celebration of family life in all its joys and sorrows and challenges," Bishop Hurley said.

"Particularly gratifying was the enthusiasm and participation of the young people here. It's just been so uplifting."

International guest speakers Christopher West and Wade Horn generated huge interest, as did testimonies from families and individuals who are living out the various challenges of family life.

The Family Gathering attracted families from right across Australia, with people making the pilgrimage to Sydney from as far away as Port Pirie and Perth.

Living the Dream was an initiative of the Bishops' Committee for Family and for Life and was largely organised by the Family Working Group of that Committee.

A member of the Family Working Group, Ron Pirola said the event had been "great - just the most wonderful affirmation of family life."

Living the Dream - an uplifting, joyous celebration of family life (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 19/4/04)

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19 Apr 2004