Pilgrims in Rome October 2010

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Sisters Marlene Dunn and Lucille Taylor were the Whanganui Josephite’ representatives at the Canonisation of St Mary of the Cross in Rome. Karen Erueti, secretary for the Sisters, was one of two representatives of the tangata whenua.
The pilgrims travelled to Rome as did about 150 other Josephite Sisters, and all gathered  in St Peter’s Square on the morning of 17 October 2010 to hear their co-founder proclaimed St Mary of the Cross MacKillop by Pope Benedict.


The day following the Canonisation, Karen and Richard Puanaki, also representing the tangata whenua,  participated in the Offertory Procession in the Thanksgiving Mass.  This was celebrated  at the Church of St Paul Outside the Walls.  Karen presented a small pottery waka made in Whanganui.

Marlene shares…
“Among the many highlights for me was the Footsteps of Mary MacKillop Pilgrimage.
Sr Lucille and I visited and prayed at some of the significant places that had played such an imperative role in Mary’s quest to establish the Rule of the Sisters of St Joseph to be approved by the Holy See.

We began as Mary did at Termini Station where she arrived on 11 May 1873 after six weeks at sea from Adelaide.  Then to the Anglo Americano Hotel where she spent her first nights in Rome and where staff were bemused that her entire luggage was contained in one small box!   Directly opposite the hotel, we saw the Scotch College where Mary’s father initially studied for the priesthood.   Next came the Church of Sant’ Andrea al Quirinale, the Quirinale Gardens, the site of the once Santa Sacramenta Chapel where Mary used to visit faithfully most evenings for Benediction, then the parish Church of Sant’ Agata dei Goti where she often prayed.   Our pilgrimage reached a high point as we entered the Convitto Internazionale San Tommaso where Mary lived during her visits to Rome (now a residential College for students studying at the Angelicum (the Dominican University).

To have walked the cobbled streets in Mary MacKillop’s footsteps was a truly moving experience for each of us and one which will live in our hearts forever.”

The pilgrims also participated in visits to the Vatican Museum and Grounds, and a day visiting Assisi, home of St Francis.
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