On Friday 29
June (final day of Term 2) La Salle College staff members participated in the
Camino de La Salle. This pilgrimage commenced from St
Mary’s Cathedral, Perth to St Charles’ Seminary, Guildford, taking
approximately 4 hours.
‘pilgrimage’ conveys the idea of wandering over a distance, but it is not just
aimless wandering. It is a journey with a purpose, and that purpose is to
pilgrimage followed in the footsteps of John Baptist de La Salle’s life events.
At each stop, we reflected on the events that shaped his life and bring us to
this moment in time.
represented Innocence at St Mary’s Cathedral with the blessing of the scallop
shells by The Most Reverend Bishop Don Sproxton which were distributed to
pilgrims as a symbol of the pilgrim badge. The scallop shell is said to be a
metaphor, its lines representing the different routes pilgrims travel from all
over the world, all walking trails leading to one point: the tomb of Saint
James in Santiago de Compostela.
represented Providence at Mardalup Park Claisebrook with the Smoking Ceremony.
acknowledged the land of elders past through a smoking ceremony and heard about
Aboriginal mythology related to the Swan River by Kevin Bynder.
represented Commitment – Garratt Road Bridge (half way mark).
retreat dedicated to prayer, the Founder and two of the most trusted Brothers,
Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin, expressed their fervent commitment to the
represented Doubt and difficulties – Claughton Reserve, Bayswater (Comfort
continued difficulties with the authorities and even once trusted Brothers, de
La Salle began doubting himself and the very future of the schools he had
created. Searching to know the will of God, he set out for the Grande
Chartreuse Monastery of the Carthusian Order near Grenoble where he spent three
days in profound prayer.
represented Legacy - St Charles’ Seminary Guildford
Friday, very early, surrounded by the Brothers, De La Salle blessed them and
then summed up in a single sentence what had been his whole life: “I adore and
accept in all things God’s guidance of my life!”
pilgrimage was a very special day of reflection.
“If success can be measured by the level of positivity and staff
camaraderie blended with a spiritual overtone, then this pilgrimage was very
successful indeed. So many staff members commented on their level of
enjoyment and appreciation of our beautiful Swan River and were hopeful that
this would become an annual event.” Ms Natalie Calleja, Acting
Director of Christian Ministry