World Youth Day Cross and Icon welcomed to the Broome Campus

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 24-6-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus

Publication Place



Staff and student representatives were joined by Broome parishioners to welcome the World Youth Day Cross and Icon to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Broome Campus on June 19.

The World Youth Day (WYD) Cross and Icon were in Broome as part of the journey through the Kimberley.

To celebrate their presence, the Broome Campus held Morning Prayer of the Triumph of the Holy Cross in the Campus grounds.

The gathering of more than 60 people was welcomed by Deputy Vice Chancellor, Broome, Sr Sonia Wagner sgs and by the Diocesan WYD coordinator, Ms Erica Bernard, who welcomed the participants on behalf of Yawuru elders.

In keeping with the University’s mission as a campus of reconciliation the service combined elements of Indigenous life along with the ancient tradition of the church’s Morning Prayer.

A coolaman - a wooden vessel used for carrying babies food and water - once used by the Bidyadanga community, located 200km south of Broome, was used to hold the burning coals on which the participants were invited to place incense.

Holding the coolaman aloft, Education lecturer, Ms Panda Gardner, honoured the Cross. After the singing of the psalms and prayer for our world, the service concluded with the lighting of the Mary candle and singing of a Marian hymn.

The Kimberley was the last stop for the pilgrimage of the Cross and Icon before they returned to Sydney for the XXIII World Youth Day celebrations which begin on July 15.

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