A pilgrimage: every step along the way has meaning

Good Samaritan Education Pilgrimage 2014CLICK ON THIS IMAGE TO SEE A PHOTO ESSAY

Good Samaritan Education Pilgrimage 2014

PHOTO ESSAY BY Monica Dutton and Meg Kahler SGS*

For 12 days in April, 20 people from Good Samaritan Education journeyed together on a pilgrimage to Italy and England which immersed them in the history and spirituality of the Good Samaritan Benedictine tradition.

Under the direction of their spiritual guide, Good Samaritan Sister, Elizabeth Brennan, the pilgrims discovered aspects of the life and times of St Benedict through visits to places of significance in Rome, Norcia, Subiaco and Monte Cassino.

Visits to Downside and Douai Abbeys gave the pilgrims time to explore the English Benedictine story and its links to the founding of the Good Samaritan Sisters in Australia by John Bede Polding in 1857.

Using Benedictine Sister Macrina Wiederkehr’s words about pilgrimage, Monica Dutton and Sister Meg Kahler SGS have created a photographic reflection of the group’s experience.


 A pilgrimage is a ritual journey with a hallowed purpose.
Every step along the way has meaning.
The pilgrim knows that life giving challenges will emerge.
A pilgrimage is not a vacation; it is a transformational journey during which significant change takes place.
New insights are given.
Deeper understanding is attained.
New and old places in the heart are visited.
Blessings are received and healing takes place.
On return from the pilgrimage, life is seen with different eyes.
Nothing will ever be quite the same again.

(From Macrina Wiederkehr OSB, Behold Your Life: A Pilgrimage Through Your Memories, 2000)

* Monica Dutton and Sister Meg Kahler SGS are members of the Good Samaritan Education Mission Team.

The Good Oil, April 15, 2014. If you would like to republish this article, please contact the editor.

3 Responses to “A pilgrimage: every step along the way has meaning”

  1. Thanks so much for capturing the depth and expansiveness of the pilgrimage. I especially appreciated the immediacy of the reporting. Marie O’Connor

  2. Una says:

    What a wonderful experience to have been on such a pilgrimage. May the
    graces and blessings secretly stored in the hearts of each remain to bear fruit
    over time. Just viewing the photos was a delight – and the sanctuary in Crisogono spoke immediately to me through the great symbolism of God’s presence to us simultaneously in blinding light and impenetrable darkness..

  3. Pat O'Gorman says:

    Dear Meg and Monica
    Great job with the photo essay. A wonderful way to capture the essence of the experience. As a pilgrim I value this beautiful memory. Thank you both for an extraordinary experience.

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