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Philippines Pilgrimage

“Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, and another religion is to take off our shoes, as the place we are approaching is holy: else we may find ourselves treading on someone’s dreams. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival." - Maryknoll, 1997

The college provides an opportunity biennially for students in Year 11 and 12 to participate in a pilgrimage to the Philippines.  The pilgrimage supports the mission of the Christian Brothers in the Oceania Province through the Edmund Rice Foundation. The students work collaboratively with the Brothers in the Diocese of Kabankalan, on the island of Negros which is situated 500 kms south of Manila.

This pilgrimage commenced in 2008 and is a true immersion into the culture and spirit of the Filipino people. All students live in a local village and attend a local Catholic School which include San Isdrio Academy – Moises Padilla, San Blas Academy – Payao, San Ramon Catholic School – Su-ay and Stella Maris Academy – Aguisan.

Most schools were built by the Columban fathers in the 1950’s and money raised by the students assist in further development of the schools, purchasing resources and supporting students to attend further study at university.

Students have a “buddy” in each school who look after them and integrate them into the culture of local village life.

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