Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2014

The long tradition of students from St Brendan’s assisting on the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage continued this September as four current sixth years-Darragh Lynch, Finian Wall, Kevin Moynihan and Denis Flemst brendans lourdes group 2w copying- volunteered on the recent visit. Mark Moriarty, a 2014 sixth year also gave of his time and energy to support this wonderful occasion. The St Brendan’s contingent was accompanied by College co-chaplain Fr Joe Begley.

On returning to school this week the boys, exhausted but elated, their main reflection was on the dignity and the peace offered at the shrine for all who travelled. Describing it as a rollercoaster of events and experiences, Finian Wall noted that the thought of extremely long days, helping with transport, meals and general needs might not sound appealing but in fact was “an amazing experience” All four students expressed a strong desire to return with the pilgrimage in the future.

Sean Coffey- principal at the College- paid tribute to teacher Paul Barden who each year organises the shortlisting of students and the fund raising necessary fo the trip. Allowing our students the opportunity to experience the wonder of giving of themselves is the true reward of engagement with the annual pilgrimage We look forward to this involvement to continue for many years to come

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