In February 2007 Father Franco Cavarra was appointed as Creative Director for Stations of the Cross, one of the key events for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney.
Prior to his ordination in 1998, Fr Cavarra was a freelance stage director of opera and drama as well as a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts. A graduate of the University of Melbourne, he has directed opera locally and internationally, including productions at the Sydney Opera House.
The Stations of the Cross was a powerful re-enactment of the passion and death of Jesus Christ through the heart of Sydney. A centrepiece event of WYD08, it was seen by several hundred thousand people along the route on Friday 18 July 2008.
Fr Cavarra is parish priest of St Christopher's Airport West, a large multicultural parish in Melbourne's north-western suburbs. He is also one of the founding members of the longstanding Melbourne International Festival. "I believe that the way of the Cross undertaken by Jesus can be an enduring and inspiring parable for the journey of life for many of us," Father Cavarra said.
Fr Cavarra shares with us his vocation story: