Last night 14 pilgrims met in front of Our Lady in Presentation Place, Star of the Sea College, Brighton. We hugged and smiled and laughed and it felt like we had only seen each other yesterday. I love that it is going to be like this!
canapés on the balcony!
After a glass of bubbly and some canapés Judeline took us on a tour of the historical buildings on campus and it felt like just one more day on our pilgrimage. The history of the Presentation Sisters in Victoria and the courage and strength of the women was incredibly moving and told so well by Jude, Bern and the treasures and photos surrounding us.
I was distracted by this cat being walked by it’s servant.
While we ate and laughed over dinner, a collection of photographs played in the background bringing to mind precious memories and those of us who were not present.
Kylie sent her love!
Peter shared a deeply thoughtful (and humorous of course!) reflection on our time away and what it had taught him. I hope he will forward a copy to all of us as it seemed to ring true for the group.
Caroline had mounted the Brigidine Cross that was woven prayerfully for us in Kildare. She presented this to a grateful Erica.
The surprises didn’t end there! Caroline had kept a beautiful visual journal while on pilgrimage, full of colourful sketches of the places we visited. Linda arranged for some of them to be put in a collage and shrunk and framed for us all. So thoughtful as usual Linda! It is absolutely stunning and I will treasure it.
Caroline set up shop like a book signing and signed the backs of the frames for those who wanted (everyone!)
Another amazing surprise was that Lia had copied and pasted every word of the pilgrimage blog and all its photos into a hard copy and bound journal. We are all wanting a copy of that now too! To have a copy in our hands rather than having to log on and navigate through the often clunky WordPress site, is just wonderful. Thank you Lia!
Thank you Judeline for the wonderful hospitality Star of the Sea offered us. Dinner was delicious.
Then the night was over. More hugs and kisses and promises to catch up and we were off again on our separate paths. But not really… as a group of pilgrims we have an eternal connection that goes on well past this earthly life.
Thank you for your part in my journey and look forward to our next coming together. To those not present, you were certainly with us in mind and spirit.
Edit: my mother saw this post and decided NOW would be a good time to inform me she attended O’Neill College in Elsternwick and was taught by the Presentation Sisters. Would have been lovely to know that before I went on pilgrimage 😩😂
One more connection to add to my list!