Myanmar Pilgrimage 2017
Students, Father Noel and Mrs Helen Oakey, Mr Andrew Pennycott and Mrs Diane Pennycott returned from their 12 day Myanmar Pilgrimage on Monday 16 January with a range of photos, memories and reflections.
The spiritual aspect of this pilgrimage was best achieved by the group aligning itself with a Christian community in the predominantly Buddhist country of Myanmar.
Some of the activities in which the pilgrims engaged included visiting the Pagoda Temple, Myanmar World War II Cemetery and Scott’s Market, teaching at kindergartens and a primary school, a traditional welcoming ceremony, two house blessings, a memorial service, working with youth, children, men’s and women’s groups, visiting the boarder’s house and spending time with the boarders, and as guests at a recently married couple’s wedding lunch.
The pilgrims made their way back home from Myanmar via Singapore, where they visited Pulua Ubin for a cycling adventure around the island. The last night abroad included a swim, some journaling and dinner at Australian restaurant, Boomerang.
Father Noel finished off his online blog available to parents with the following message:
“Thank you for all who have followed the trip. I was so moved by the warm, happy greeting we received at Perth Airport last night from parents and friends. I have updated some entries with photos and filled in spaces. If I’ve missed anything… ask a pilgrim. Thank you for your trust and support….This writer now goes into recess for twelve months as we prepare to be in Myanmar in January 2018.”
- You can view pictures from the trip via the School’s website gallery here.
- To read Father Noel’s blog posts, please click here.