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Religious Studies Department Trip to Adoremus

St John’s College Religious Studies (RS) department was delighted that pupils Jacob V, Catrin D (both R16) and Alessia M (L6) were able to attend the Catholic Church in England and Wales “Adoremus: National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress” on the 8th September in Liverpool.

Alongside His Grace, the Most Reverend George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff and Canon Peter Collins, the Dean of Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral; plus over a hundred local Catholics, representing schools and parishes throughout the Cardiff Diocese, the students set off on a very early start to the Liverpool Echo Arena.  By happy coincidence, the pupils are all members of St John’s College Cathedral choir and were commended by Canon Collins for keeping spirits high with their choral singing during the long trip!

The Cardiff delegates joined over 10,000 pilgrims from across England and Wales, travelling to Liverpool for the first national Eucharistic Congress to be held by the Roman Catholic Church in this country for 110 years – the last having been in London in 1908.  The theme of the Congress was “I am the Bread of Life” and was an opportunity for clergy, religious and laity to gather, promote and understand the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church.

During the day, the pupils listened to stirring and enlightening homilies and speeches from Cardinal Nichols and internationally renowned Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who is an on-air contributor and analyst to many American media channels. The themes of the Congress were also explored through drama, testimony and presentations.

From an academic perspective, the GCSE RS students found it very helpful in explaining the meanings and significance of all parts of the Catholic Mass and especially the Eucharist.  It enabled them to understand this underpins the importance of the role of the church, and Catholics themselves: to give aid to others and be stewards for the faith; both locally and throughout the world.  

This was a unique, wonderfully moving, learning event and the pupils have been enriched and renewed by the experience.

Jacob V (R16)

9 September 2018

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