Year 9 pupils from St Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Merrow came to St John’s Seminary in Wonersh for a day of reflection.
Chaplain, Kevin Mendes, and a team of dedicated teachers, went all out on preparing a great day with activities and space to pray.
We were fortunate to have received that very same day a real Lampedusa Cross. These crosses are made by Francesco Tuccio, a carpenter from the small Sicilian Island of Lampedusa. He was at Mass when some Eritrean migrants arrived, mourning lost loved ones who had drowned on their boat journey. Francesco went down to the beach and collected up the driftwood from the broken boats from which he made crosses. He presented one to every migrant he saw as a symbol of their rescue and hope for new life. He has continued to make these crosses.
We were delighted to offer the Cross for the students’ reflection during the day. They were touched and wrote messages of hope for refugees as part of their reflection time.
The day was a good day and we trust that the messages the students wrote will bring hope to the refugees who receive them.
We have an easy to use Year of Mercy Pilgrimage which has the focus of the refugee journey. Do consider using it within your community. If you would like to borrow the Lampedusa Cross for use in your parish, school or prayer group then please do let us know and we will do our best to make that happen.