A few days after having arrived back in the UK for Christmas, Fr Julian and myself, together with three other priests led twenty two young men on pilgimage to Ars and Paray-le-Monial in France. We even had a fellow Sydneysider with us on this occasion!
We are very grateful to those of you who supported this pilgimage finantially. We received donations totalling approximately £1000. These gifts enabled us to subsidise some of the lads and also to hire a coach when we arrived in France.
When priests and young people get-together or take part in a pilgrimage, it is such a fruitful moment for the Church. Each one of us, whether still discerning our vocation, or endeavouring to live it more fully, received so much, especially from the powerful company of St John Vianney.
Our pilgrimage enabled us to spend so much time together and to have time for prayer. As we usually do, we spent a day in Paray and visited again the Chapel of St John for a holy hour.
Returning from France on 23rd December as the snow began to fall over Europe we encountered not unexpected delays. Nonetheless, we were able to provide some respite to fellow travellers at Lyon Airport with Carols, and then by joining together to celebrate Vespers.
All being well, we will repeat the pilgrimage this coming December.