Iona Pilgrimage 2017
Iona Pilgrimage 2017
Embarking on a journey beckoned by the mystery and adventure of far away lands. Nine St Columba College students and three staff ‘walked’ in the footsteps of the College’s patron saint, Columba, as part of the College’s 2017 Iona Pilgrimage.
From 7 to 22 July, the Year 11 and Year 12 students travelled to the small Isle of Iona, off the western coast of Scotland, on a faith trip of a life time. On this small Isle, known as ‘The cradle of Christianity’ in Scotland, the College’s patron saint commenced his 34-year long mission to bring Christianity to the pagan tribes and it has since become the centre of Gaelic monasticism and a place of spiritual retreat.
Accompanied by three College staff, the students embarked on an educational and spiritual experience where they gained an understanding of the significant history, important to both the Anglican and Catholic churches, and experienced an opportunity to encounter God through prayer and reflection on their own personal and religious journey.
St Columba College, an R-12 co-educational College in Andrews Farm, is a unique Anglican and Catholic school with both churches recognising Saint Columba as a saint. The College was established in 1996 as an ecumenical initiative of the Anglican and Catholic Archbishops of Adelaide and is renown for being committed to its Christian heritage and Anglican and Catholic traditions.
As the students embarked on their pilgrimage, their journey was infused with meaning and intention and often a search for answers. They left the earthiness of their daily lives and seeked to connect with God on a sacred journey to uncover the true self while embracing the practice of pilgrimage.
This is the third time the College has organised a pilgrimage for senior students to England and Scotland, with the first journey launched in 2013. The College is now anticipating a planned pilgrimage to take place every two years for students to experience a sacred journey, see where Saint Columba settled in 563AD to build Iona Abbey and spread Christianity, and find a sense of identity, beauty, truth and sense of God.
The itinerary included various destinations and activities centred on the history and traditions of the two churches in the United Kingdom and on the life, values and mission of Saint Columba. The students visited a number of significant historical sites in London and Edinburgh, such as Westminster Cathedral, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and Edinburgh Castle, before sailing across the seas by ferry and resting on the shores of Iona.
In preparation for the pilgrimage, the students and staff at the College were busy organising fundraising activities and events, including crazy hair and silly socks day, ice-cream stalls, casual clothes day and bbq breakfast, to support their community service. The community and local businesses have backed the pilgrimage with an enthusiastic response to support and sponsorship, exhibiting a true connection through engagement. The College would like to thank the community for the overwhelming response to their commitment and partnership.
Thank you to the Iona Pilgrimage 2017 Sponsors: