Since September, more than 80% of Catholic primary schools in Lancaster Diocese have completed a pilgrimage to Lancaster Cathedral.
Schools journeyed from across the diocese to take part in a pilgrimage, which gave school children the opportunity to step out in faith, which was demonstrated through walking, song and prayer.
The pilgrimage began at The Priory Church at Lancaster Castle. Whilst at the castle, children heard about Lancaster Martyrs. The school children journeyed through Lancaster to the City Museum, before walking to the Cathedral. As children walked through the city centre, they stopped at various stations to hear stories, local history, sing and pray. With each new footstep, the children progressed on their pilgrimage. Throughout the day, children were given the opportunity to participate in prayers, these were reflected on at the Cathedral.
Suzanne Smith, Head Teacher at St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School, said:
“Year six joined a number of other primary schools for a walking tour of Lancaster, finishing with collective worship in St. Peter’s Cathedral. Even though it was a wet day the children thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Children from across the Diocese of Lancaster, embraced the opportunity to put their faith into action. The pilgrimage days were organised as part of the Year of Mercy, which officially ended in November.
Miss S. Deakin, Head Teacher, St Francis Catholic Primary School, said:
“Year 5 children joined other schools on a Pilgrimage trip to Lancaster and it was truly wonderful.”
Over the year, CAFOD Education Volunteers visit schools to deliver assemblies and workshops. Our education volunteers were really excited to attend the pilgrimage and share the vital work of CAFOD with so many school children all at once! The students listened eagerly as they heard of CAFOD’s vital work in Bolivia.
Local CAFOD representative in Lancaster, Patrick Gardner, said:
“Over the last few months, our education volunteers have taken part in a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage organised by the Lancaster Diocesan Education Centre, involving over 2000 school primary school children, from schools across the diocese. Thanks to our CAFOD education volunteers, each group of schools who attended the pilgrimage, were able to hear about the wonderful work of CAFOD.”