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Refugees' Retreat Day at Maryvale

Sending a Message of Hope:

Refugees’ Retreat Day at Maryvale

Saturday 16 July 2016

Refugee Retreat Day
Our group creative project, showing the many countries we all came from.

Ten asylum seekers and refugees from St Chad’s Sanctuary visited Maryvale Institute on Saturday 16 July for an inter-faith retreat day led by Melissa Pearce from Maryvale Institute and Sister Margaret Walsh from St Chad’s Sanctuary. The theme of the day was “Hope”, symbolised by the image of flowers in the desert, drawn from Isaiah 35:1 “The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom”.

Lampedusa Cross
The Lampedusa cross (CAFOD Birmingham) which featured in the prayer display.

The day was permeated with times of silent prayer, reflection, creativity and also hospitality as the Bridgettine sisters put on a splendid hot lunch, which was sincerely appreciated by all. In the afternoon, retreatants took a walk around Maryvale’s beautiful gardens, and planted coriander and lettuce seeds in pots that they took home. At the very end of the day they were each given a “message of hope” written by members of local youth group and staff from Maryvale on the Lampedusa postcards provided by CAFOD.

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