October 04, 2012
This year’s National Pilgrimage will commence in Melbourne on Wednesday 24 October with 36 pilgrims gathering at The Heritage Centre, East Melbourne to commence their journey.
|Woods MacKillop Schoolhouse in Penola|
Melbourne of course is the city where Mary MacKillop was born and lived most of her early life. From Melbourne the pilgrimage continues on to Hamilton, Portland, Penola, Adelaide and finally the pilgrims fly from Adelaide to Sydney for the final leg of their pilgrimage at Mary MacKillop Place.
This itinerary follows Mary’s story from its beginnings with Mary’s mother Flora arriving in Melbourne by ship at Point Ormond and later marrying Alexander in St Francis Church where Mary was baptised, received her First Communion and later the Sacrament of Confirmation. The National Pilgrimage not only offers those participating the story of Mary MacKillop, her family and the pioneer sisters but also gives them the opportunity to reflect on the ways that God is acting in their own lives.
The journey together, opportunities for prayer and reflection all go to make this a memorable experience for pilgrims.