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Edition, Autumn 2011
visiting the places of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a saint whose life and works have been a great
inspiration to me. I visited the shrine of the Black Madonna at ‘Montserrat ’where he
surrendered his sword as a symbol of h
is consecration to Jesus, the cave at ‘Manresa’ wherehe wrote ‘The Spiritual Exercises’ and of course Loyola his birth place and home, where he
had the personal encounter of Jesus which transformed his life. Being in Spain and having time on my side I di
d the “Walk of St. James” a pilgrimage on foot, walking the missionary path of one of Jesus’ be
St James. The pilgrimage’s culminating point is the
tomb of St. James at Campostella. At Campostella I attended the Firebrandz conference jointly organized by the ICPE Mission followed by a pilgrimage with youth from India andBrazil to Fatima, Salamanca and Avila after which we headed to Madrid for the World YouthDay (WYD). After the WYD I continued on my Pilgrim journey to France and visited Lourdesand Ars (the tomb of St. John Mary Vianney).
I headed back to Rome after a month’s pilgrimage for a 2 day break and soon left to India to
my home sweet home, to spend some valuable time with family and friends. I got back toRome on the first week of October I started again with the regular seminary and university life, hoping to settle down after the hectic last 3 months. Little did I know that I would soonbe hit by a wave
a workload, helping out with various activities at theseminary. I am still playing
Thankfully, the Joy of the Lord is my Strength
In retrospect, this must be a year which will be difficult for us to forget for a number of reasons. For one thing, our families have lived through some of the most painful events
possible with the demise of Anna’s brother in January and then Mario’s sister in May.
Concurrently however, it has been a year of finally starting to reap some of the fruit of some very long years of sowing in the area of fund-raising. How gracious our Lord is!In July, we enjoyed hosting in Rome once again the Executive Council meetings. We count ita gift and a privilege that the rest of the main leaders of the ICPE Mission are not only faithful and committed co-workers in the ministry but good friends too.We spent our summer break in Malta again this year to be alongside our families,particularly our aging parents. Since then Mario resumed his travelling which keeps himaway from home for weeks at a time while Anna continues to juggle the different tasks at theInternational Office and her other responsibilities.
waiting for the train to ManresaThe Walk of St James - 90 Kms more to go
At the chapel of St Ignatius’