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San Sisto group to trace the steps of St Dominic

Pilgrim trail: San Sisto staff members Erica Qureshi, Megan Vardanega, Kelly Hall, Maree Trims, Elizabeth Madden and Angela Sheehan prepare to walk in the school patron’s shoes.

Pilgrim trail: San Sisto staff members Erica Qureshi, Megan Vardanega, Kelly Hall, Maree Trims, Elizabeth Madden and Angela Sheehan prepare to walk in the school patron’s shoes.

STAFF from San Sisto College, Carina, will walk the footsteps of their school’s patron St Dominic during a pilgrimage in April.

The pilgrimage, known as the Lands of St Dominic, will take 22 pilgrims including staff from Dominican schools and Dominican religious.

Pilgrims will fly to Madrid, Spain, and travel to Caleruega where St Dominic was born, and continue through France to Bologna where the Order of Preachers was founded.

Spanish-born St Dominic was known to be a great intellectual and a man of deep prayer.
He spent much of his life preaching against heresies, and out of this zeal founded the Order of Preachers.

He travelled throughout Italy, Spain and France preaching and attracting new members to the order.

San Sisto College assistant principal Maree Trims said the pilgrimage would help the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, service and community among the staff selected to go on pilgrimage.

“We embed the Dominican tradition in our daily lives at San Sisto,” Mrs Trims said.

“I only started at San Sisto College two years ago and during that time I have learnt so much about Dominican traditions.

“To immerse myself in the culture and places where Dominic once walked will really enhance my understanding and connection with St Dominic.”

Joining the assistant principal and acting assistant to the principal for religious education are the school’s finance secretary, social worker, campus minister and two teachers.

Mrs Trims said she looked forward to deepening her understanding of Dominican spirituality on pilgrimage.

Acting assistant to the principal for religious education Erica Qureshi is looking forward to understanding St Dominic “by travelling through his lands and experiencing something of his life”.         – Emilie Ng

Written by: Emilie Ng
Catholic Church Insurance

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