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Marist Father to lead pilgrims on journey to India and Sri Lanka

Ashram: A retreat at Saccidananda Ashram is one of the highlights of a pilgrimage that Marist Father Michael Whelan will lead to India and Sri Lanka next year. (Above) Pilgrims at the ashram chapel.

Ashram: A retreat at Saccidananda Ashram is one of the highlights of a pilgrimage that Marist Father Michael Whelan will lead to India and Sri Lanka next year. (Above) Pilgrims at the ashram chapel.

MARIST Father Michael Whelan, from the Aquinas Academy, Sydney, along with Spice Odyssey Pty Ltd, is organising a pilgrimage “Journey in the Heart” to India and Sri Lanka for February 2015.

The highlight of the pilgrimage is a four-night retreat at Saccidananda Ashram, Tiruchirappalli.

Saccidananda Ashram – the Ashram of the Holy Trinity – was founded by two French monks, Jules Monchanin and Henri Le Saux, in 1950.

In 1968, Fr Bede Griffiths became the leader of the ashram and lived there until his death in May 1993.

Today the ashram is run by a community of Camaldolese monks who welcome visitors from around the world.

Visitors observe the community rule, pray with the monks and attend various classes on spiritual life and yoga.

A spokesperson for the organisers said a retreat in the ashram, especially for those used to a materialistic and functionalistic Western world, “can be very rewarding”.

“The simple, bare life of prayer and reflection enables the visitor to regain perspective,” they said.

“A retreat at Saccidananda is coming home to oneself.”

In September-October 2015, Spice Odyssey will also be organising a pilgrimage – “St Paul, our Christian beginnings” – to Turkey and Greece.

For further information contact Marie on 0418 265 117.

Written by: Staff writers
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