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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.

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The final day! An extremely emotional day for everyone, starting with our host mum, Maria. Myself and Luke are so grateful to the whole family for putting up with us the past few days. We left Basildon with new friends and great memories.

Travelling to Battersea, everyone was on a high (and still are), singing disney songs, once again. We arrived at Battersea, went for a cuppa, then began setting up for the last time.

Half four came and so did the VIPs! The service started and Jess and James gave two wonderfully different accounts of their journeys these past few weeks. We finished the day our goodbye to Donny B; there was not a dry eye in the team.

Travelling around with Don Bosco has been fantastic, a once in a lifetime opportunity. Spending time with the relics today has to be my SOJ; it has been a long stint but I personally wouldn’t change anything. Meeting thousands of people who love Don Bosco as much as we do! This tour, pilgrimage, life journey - whatever you want to call it, has changed me and hopefully many others as well, that’s what Gerry promised. Now he [DB] is off to Ireland and I’m going to work a retreat, revived in the Salesian spirituality!

 

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Final day for the public. It’s been amazing being a part of this once in a lifetime adventure. Parts have been hard, parts have been easy, but it has all been worth while. 

We started our last day with a 6am start, travelling to Southwark for Mass and a long day with all our Salesian schools from down here. 

At the end of the day, we led Donny B out for the last time to the vans and went home for a cooked meal with our families. Our host family have been amazing, so welcoming and generous. Last day for us tomorrow, time to celebrate and give thanks. Then a week of retreat.

 

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Days are rolling into one now. Bro Sandy calls days by the names of the places we are in ie. Southwark Day 1.

So this morning was great. Got up at 10, went into my host family’s kitchen, sat down and got waited on with a lovely cooked breakfast. Afterwards, we packed up and left for Southwark.

Arriving at St George’s, we were greeted by Sunday Mass attendees, and we therefore had to wait to set up the Pilgrim Experience. The day continued and we made a line of honour for Don Bosco to enter; by this time, the queue had taken over the whole outside area. MADNESS. From then on right up to Mass, people were standing and waiting to come in and see Don Bosco. Our day finished with Mass with Archbishop Peter.

Day 12, the final day for the public, starts tomorrow and with the promise of over 200 young people coming, it should be a great day to end our journey on.

 

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Westminster Cathedral was packed to the brim for 2pm Mass with the Bishop and Salesian concelebrants, it was great! - apart from the organ for the hymn to Don Bosco…but even then that was quite nice also.

The day started at the unreasonable time of 5:30am for me as I had to shower and explain again to myself the reason I’ve been doing this. Myself and Luke got dropped off by Mick, our southern dad for the next five days, to Fr Dominic’s church where we met the rest of the team. 

The day went ahead at its usual pace, then Mass. After we said our really quite chaotic goodbye to Don Bosco and operation tidyup began, we travelled back to our host families for a rest in preparation for a host community carvery.

Gerry finished the night with a fantastic speech about the amazingness of the parish here in Basildon.

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