On Friday 26 June, the Year Seven students commenced their journey along the Camino Salvado. This journey of over 200km traces Dom Rosendo Salvado’s footsteps from Subiaco to New Norcia.
The Year Seven students began their day at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco. They learned about the importance of Camino at the College and heard from Monsenior Kevin Long, Parish Priest, St Joseph’s Church, Subiaco. The students then explored the Mercy Centre in West Leederville, the location of the original Benedictine Monastery.
The first part of the Camino took the students to the Old Court House in the City. The Year Sevens learned about the concert held by Dom Salvado to help fund the mission in New Norcia. They then walked to, and explored, St Mary’s Cathedral, the Procathedral, and the Convent of the Holy Cross.
The last part of the journey took the students from the city through East Perth and to the completion of Section 1A at Bardon Park in Maylands.
Pope Benedict XVI reminds us that “different from a wanderer whose steps have no established final destination, a pilgrim always has a destination … this destination is none other than to encounter God…”
2014 was the bicentenary of the birth of Dom Rosendo Salvado. To commemorate this, staff and students from Holy Cross College embarked on both the Camino de Santiago in Spain and the Camino Salvado. Thus, a tradition within the College began. Holy Cross College students walk the journey of the Camino Salvado over the course of 11 stages, finishing their pilgrimage in New Norcia in Year 12.
The sense of pilgrimage itself has developed into becoming an integral part of the Faith pillar of the College.
At Holy Cross College, we have captured the vision of pilgrimage as an authentic and organic way for students to engage in rich encounters with God, his Church, and the sense of the story of the faith throughout history.
Pilgrimage isn’t just a walk. It’s liturgical, it’s prayerful, and it’s real. On pilgrimage, we encounter God, ourselves, others and creation. The joy, challenges and sometimes the suffering that one endures during a pilgrimage allows us all to enrich our connection with God.
Mr Ryan Shelton
Deputy Principal – Learning