The Pilgrim Walk involves a visit to seven designated churches in Dublin City (St. Ann’s , Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, John’s Lane, St. James’, St. Mary of the Angels, St. Michan and St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral) where we were received with so much welcome from the parish priests and people who stamped our pilgrim passports. We then spent time in quiet prayer and in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and completed our pilgrimage with a visit to St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral where the Pilgrim’s Passport is stamped and the Pilgrim receives a certificate of completion.
The day was not as glorious as the previous days. Soft pelting rain accompanied us but we enjoyed the walk especially since we had a “walking-talking GPS” with us! Patricia Quigley, being a Dubliner, knows the ins and outs of the city which made the walk a lot easier for us! Along the way we met familiar faces of friends, Columban Sisters and in St. Michan’s Church where I did my first church appeal, a man who recognized me greeted me with “I remember your face! You were here to collect a few bob!”
We have walked and prayed the walk…
From DUBLIN, IRELAND, A PILGRIM DESCRIBES AN EXPERIENCE…
As we welcome the opening of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, the Spirit of anticipation and interest around is truly tangible. Different events and activities have been going on not only in Dublin Diocese but even Parishes outside Dublin have come up with lots of creative initiatives.
One of the unique events of the Congress which is an initiative of the Dublin Dioceses Eucharistic Preparatory Committee is the
50th International Eucharistic Congress
We, the Columban Sisters Congregational Leadership Team, did the Pilgrim Walk together on June 7. It was a wonderful and unique spiritual experience for us as we united in the spirit of prayer and in the theme of the Congress “The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another” and we consciously carried each one of you in our walk and prayers!
The weather? No problem for pilgrims…
…when with ‘companions on life’s pilgrim way’…
…and have our certificates of completion
We all feel grateful for having done the Pilgrim Walk as we united with the Church in Ireland in celebrating the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012. We pray that, with God’s blessing, people will be enriched and drawn closer to God as they participate in the many activities that will take place during the week-long event.
Lastly, let me share with you the refrain of the Anthem composed by Bernard Sexton for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which I think is very appropriate for this special event:
“Though we are many, we are one body
We who come to share this living bread;
Cup of salvation, shared among all nations,
Nourishing us now and evermore”.
From: Sister Anne Carbon, Columban Sisters Congregational Leadership Team