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25 July 2018

Camino de La Salle

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.


The word ‘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 honour God.


Our 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.


Stop 1 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.


Stop 2 represented Providence at Mardalup Park Claisebrook with the Smoking Ceremony.

Here we acknowledged the land of elders past through a smoking ceremony and heard about Aboriginal mythology related to the Swan River by Kevin Bynder.


Stop 3 represented Commitment – Garratt Road Bridge (half way mark).

After a retreat dedicated to prayer, the Founder and two of the most trusted Brothers, Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin, expressed their fervent commitment to the schools.


Stop 4 represented Doubt and difficulties – Claughton Reserve, Bayswater (Comfort stop)

Due to 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.


Stop 5 represented Legacy - St Charles’ Seminary Guildford

On Good 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!”


Our 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


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