Parishioners turned out to St Dunstan’s, Bourne End, to take part in the Lampedusa Pilgrimage organised by St Dunstan’s and St Teresa’s (Beaconsfield) CAFOD group. It was a thought provoking evening attended by all age groups.
At the start we all participated by placing a pin on a map of the world to show from where our family members originated; indicating that many of us are descended from or are migrants.
Michelle Walker’s family posed as a Syrian family having their photograph taken in a refugee camp; along with an empty chair representing a missing family member.
The last station of the pilgrimage ended in front of the Lampedusa Cross brought from the Cathedral for the evening where everyone wrote a message of hope for refugees and placed them before the Lampedusa Cross. These messages will be sent to CAFOD and will be shared with refugees later in the year.
Mike Coote (part of the CAFOD group) commented, “it all went very smoothly, was very poignant and also well attended.”
Margaret Wellington (one of the organisers of the pilgrimage) added, “It was really wonderful and a privilege to have the Lampedusa cross with us. A wonderful sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are struggling.”
If you would like to borrow the Lampedusa Cross, please get in touch with Philly McKenna, Parish Secretary at the Northampton cathedral.
Written by Margaret Wellington