St. Remy Initiative: On the Road Again!

logoIt is always a rich experience—prayer-filled, learning-rich and lots of fun! Each year St. Remyans board a bus and travel to a site in and around Ohio that holds some special place in the history of Catholic schools. This year, thirty-five educators in the St. Remy Initiative made their annual 2½ day pilgrimage to Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis, Indiana, and St. Mary of the Woods College. The theme for the event was “Love the children first, then teach them.” These words were spoken by an early pioneer in Catholic schooling, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, foundress of the Sisters of Providence in 1840. Mother Guerin, who battled through much challenge and adversity, was  an influential educational leader throughout the state of Indiana.

The Remyans toured the beautiful grounds and buildings of St. Mary of the Woods College. They visited the alpaca farm and engaged in a few hours of service skirting alpaca fleece and tending to the organic garden maintained by White Violet Farm for Eco-Justice. At Fatima, the pilgrims celebrated Mass, the rosary and found time for contemplation in the prayer labyrinth. Evenings were filled with both learning and camaraderie. Remyans know how to have fun.

Though the days of the pilgrimage are long and often tiring, they are filled with laughter, prayer, learning and service that participants find both refreshing and reenergizing as they being a new school year!