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The day started with a much needed late get up. When we hit the road from Savio House, everyone was buzzing with energy. There was a surprise pit stop at McDonald’s for a cheeky milkshake and then we continued on our way to Liverpool, meeting and then being overtaken by Don Bosco.

Within the Cathedral, there was a constant trickle of people including members of the press to add to the story of the pilgrimage, which can now be found in a number of newspapers and on the BBC website. At mass, the Cathedral was almost full so when it came to the end of mass, trying to control the sudden surge of people trying to get to the relics almost became a struggle. It was a day full of wonderful conversations about how Don Bosco and the Salesians in the UK have been a part of people’s lives.

Highlight: Getting to spend time with 2 young boys, having flag races and talking about magic and then being told by one of them “it was nice to meet you”

 

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Another early start and another early morning lunch run. I wonder what the shop assitants are thinking when a crowd of people invade their shops. However, I learnt today that it is not the first time crowds of people have invaded Carfin in the name of Don Bosco! In the 1930s, a statue of Don Bosco was unveiled at the pilgrimage site. Back then, 2000 people turned up and today we had 562 come to take part in our pilgrimage journey.

There was quite a lot of young people who came to visit who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. One young person in particular circled the entire pathway of the pilgrimage pathway at least 3 times.

Tomorrow we’re in Liverpool (woo hoo!!) which is going to be amazing, taking Don Bosco to meet the family is so exciting!

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Wow what an amazing day! Over 1800 people turned up which was way above the number I was expecting. Half the people I spoke to said they were also going to Carfin tomorrow too, so who knows how many will turn up! At times it all got a little confusing as we settled into the needs of the pilgrimage experience but it was a fantastic day conversing with people who had taken part in the journey of the experience from primary school children to elderly people who “knew” Don Bosco when they were younger but had come to reignite their knowledge and understand who was and is…

The day was topped off by Bro Sandy telling us that a lady who came to visit said she was moved by the experience but especially us in the road crew/pilgrim leaders and our enthusiasm. It just cemented and gave a real reason to why we are doing what we’re doing.

 

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It has been a mixed day of emotions! I started feeling very excited and ready to hit the road, being told a couple of times to calm down. However, when we reached Thornleigh, on the first leg of our journey, it hit me that I was going to see Don Bosco and it unsettled me. It unsettled me enough to reduce me to tears of sadness when I saw the casket; I felt like someone who has been so alive in my life had died and I was seeing him at a rosary. 

Once we got to Glasgow and set up the beautiful cathedral and I saw the casket in place, the sadness had gone and was replaced with excitement. Once again now I can’t wait for day two to begin. Woop!

 

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The following is her experience of travelling around as part of the Pilgrimage Team on The Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco, in January 2013.

If you have any comments, questions, or would like to share your experience of the pilgrimage, please email us at newsdesk@rualink.net.

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