THE YOUTH PILGRIMAGE
From the time of the early Church until today, Christians have made pilgrimages to holy lands as part of their discipline and life of faith. Individuals confront the struggles of travel in unknown territory, as well as all the demands of living as a pilgrim community during their journey. In this time there is the possibility of tremendous joy, laughter, and growth – and the chance to meet God in new and personal ways.
Pilgrimage has become a pivotal experience when our young Pilgrims travel to a “distant land” in search of God and their own destinies. It is a time set aside for our youth to journey in the footsteps of the faithful Christians who have gone before, and connect more fully with our tradition, our history, and God. By removing predictable daily routines, relationships, and obligations they are free to look more deeply and deliberately at their understanding of and relationship with God.
In July of 2016 our pilgrims encountered the land of céad míle fáilte – the land of a thousand welcomes – in the southern part of Ireland. They lived together in a 400 year old converted farm house overlooking the River Barrow; explored the monastic site of Glendalough, established by St. Kevin in the 6th century; and visited the tiny community with the big name: Graiguenamanagh. A 5-mile hike in silence along the Barrow River provided time to reflect on Christianity’s arrival to Ireland through St. Patrick. They explored the beaches along the Irish Sea and experienced a meditative labyrinth walk. The pilgrimage culminated with a private Eucharist at Christ Church, an Anglican Cathedral whose building dates back to c.1030.
We thank you for being a part of our Christ Church young people’s journey to adulthood and new frontiers of their spiritual maturity.
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