Missionary’��s steps retraced to New Norcia

Students Isobelle Purbrick, Rachael Geracitano, Caylee Wallis and Allanah Ipsaro-Passione.        d438852
Students Isobelle Purbrick, Rachael Geracitano, Caylee Wallis and Allanah Ipsaro-Passione.        d438852

YOUNG pilgrims from Mercedes College set out earlier this month to retrace the footsteps of missionary Dom Rosendo Salvado.

The group of 15 Year 12 students stopped at some of the spots Dom Salvado also stopped at when he left Perth in the 1800s to walk to New Norcia.

The girls walked with some parents and nine adults from the school.

The places visited included Oakover Winery, which was on the traditional track of Dom Salvado’s walk.

The walk is a 145km journey from the college in Perth CBD to New Norcia.

It is the first time representatives from the school have completed the whole walk.

The first sleeping stop on the walk was in Ellenbrook where the girls were offered accommodation by the St Helena’s of the Holy Cross Catholic Church.

From Ellenbrook the pilgrims walked to Chittering, then Bindoon and then New Norcia.

The aim of the walk was to provide the students with an experience of their heritage as a Mercy School and allow for meditation and prayer.

The College has strong links with the Benedictine monks as the six Sisters of Mercy who established the school came out from Ireland in 1846 travelling with Dom Salvado.