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Three sisters at World Youth Day
Amsberry family photo
Katrina, Naomi, Gianna Amsberry and two new friends.
Amsberry family photo
Katrina, Naomi, Gianna Amsberry and two new friends.

Three young adult sisters from Oregon are at World Youth Day, having been in South America since July 9 on pilgrimage. The daughters of Joe and Marylen Amsberry of Aumsville started in Buenos Aries, visited Pope Francis' old neighborhood, attended Mass at the church where he grew up and went to Mariapolis in the Argentinian Pampas for a gathering of the Focolare Movement, which promotes unity among Christians good relations with people of other faiths.

Gianna, Naomi and Katrina Amsberry then went on to Montevideo and met with members of Communion and Liberation movement, which offers the idea that Christ is the true response to the deepest needs in any historical moment.

The worked their way up the coast towards Sao Paolo to visit the shrine there, then arrived in Rio de Janeiro July 22 for the beginning of World Youth Day.

This is the first time the three sisters have taken a trip together.

Gianna is a 4th grade teacher at St. Joseph School in Salem. She moved back to Oregon a little over a year ago after her experience with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Atlanta, where she stayed for three years. Naomi recently finished a year with the Franciscan Mission Services in Washington, D.C. where she still lives. Katrina, a recent graduate of Linfield College, will be headed to Syrcuse, N.Y. to begin her year of volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

"We are excited for them and have been enjoying getting calls and updates," their parents say in an email. "Wherever they go, people are abuzz about Pope Francis' visit."

The Sentinel plans more reports on the sisters' experiences.



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