Easter with a difference in Pakistan
Since arriving in Pakistan four weeks ago, Sisters Bev Whitton (Grafton) and Audette Mansour (Wilcannia-Forbes) have had the joy of sharing community with Sisters Anila Isaac, Gulnaz Alfred, Patrice Orchard, Mary Lewis and Kathy Ryan in the city of Rawalpindi.
As part of their immersion in the culture and customs of Pakistan, Bev and Audette have visited the Lok Virsa Heritage Museum, which portrays the country’s history, showing traditional handicrafts, textiles, wood carvings and clothing.
They have also visited the ancient town of Taxila, a Buddhist stronghold dating back centuries before Christ. The Taxila Museum displayed numerous Buddhas of every shape, size and posture. It is believed that St Thomas the Apostle visited Taxila about 40AD.
Bev and Audette say that they experienced Easter ceremonies with a difference. “It was so uplifting to see over 3000 parishioners (mainly young people) participate with fervour and enthusiasm. We look forward to the next two months and we will share some more stories with you over that period,” said Bev and Audette.
And a word from Anila and Gulnaz: “Audette and Bev are a lively addition for our community. They have brought with them a wealth of experience and it is great to have them in Pakistan.”