One Year Anniversary of WYD's Papal Visit
Last year at this time, the Sisters of St. Joseph had a very honoured guest. On Saturday, July 27, 2002, Pope John Paul II arrived at St. Joseph Morrow Park, the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, by helicopter from Strawberry Island. The occasion: the 17th World Youth Day. The world then came to the motherhouse.
Dignitaries arrived at Morrow Park for individual meetings. They included Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, the Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson, Ontario's Premier, Ernie Eves, and Toronto's Mayor Mel Lastman.
The Pope then celebrated the Angelus in the chapel for the Sisters, Associates and staff on Saturday afternoon. Afterwards, he lunched with the Canadian Bishops, members of the Papal Delegation and the Leadership Team of the Sisters of St. Joseph as well as the Sisters on the planning committees for the papal visit.
At the fence
Every time the Pope returned from WYD activities, he directed the driver of the golf cart in which he traveled to take him to the fence surrounding Morrow Park. Behind the fence, people stood 10 rows deep, cheering, singing and thrilled with the Pope's warmth and attention.
On Monday morning, July 29/, 2002, the Pope's helicopter lifted off Morrow Park's grounds for the last time. Sisters stood outside Morrow Park, singing and waving as the helicopter took him away. The honoured guest would not soon be forgotten.