CEWA group provide testimonials at completion of Spanish Camino
10 August 2023
It will be our people who will create and be our future. Having witnessed their Camino journey this past week I am very confident in the capacity and commitment of our young Catholic teachers and staff.
‘I also acknowledge Mandy Connor who led our CEWA Camino, Ryan Shelton as her assistant and Debra Sayce who walked with us. All truly inspirational CEWA leaders.’
Janica Sell, from Our Lady Star of the Sea said, ‘As I walked those final steps into the square of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela I was overcome with emotions of relief, accomplishment and gratitude.’
Sarah Clairs, from Sacred Heart College said the Camino was a huge journey both physically and spiritually.
‘There was pain, blisters and tears but the connection and relationships we formed with God, nature, others and ourselves helped us make it to the end. The support, courage, kindness and laughter of the group was what carried everyone through and made it an experience that will be cherished forever.’
Rochelle Brush, St Dominics School said, ‘Through this Camino, I learned the profound importance of gratitude and practicing thankfulness for the people, nature, and little things that enriched the pilgrimage. I am excited to share my learnings from the Portuguese Way of St James with my school and classroom.’
‘What an unforgettable experience from the prayers, laughter, photos and conversation together on the way to Santiago. Kindness of other humans along the way bought joy to my heart that I cannot express. We journeyed the final stretch into Santiago together, sore and tired but happy and waiting in anticipation. The music, joy, relief and happiness of coming into the square will stay with me forever,’ said Hannah Davies, St Mary’s Broome.
Ana Frankovic, from Lumen Christi College said, there are no words to describe how amazing this experience was.
‘It truly gives the opportunity to be one with self, God and nature. The experience has been incredibly fulfilling and one I will forever be grateful for.’
Nicole Pearce, also based in the Leederville Office said ‘The pilgrim experience has been an enlightening, spiritual, and personal journey towards a deeper friendship and relationship with God, others, and myself. This once in a lifetime experience shared with my fellow CEWA staff is unlike any other I will have in my career.’
Emma-Jane Potter, from Mercy College said, ‘It has been amazing to have the opportunity to do such a personal, challenging and transformative faith journey in union with so many other likeminded people.’
‘For me the Camino was a transformative pilgrimage filled with faith, breathtaking landscapes, and sacred encounters. My heart overflowed with renewal and spiritual connection, creating cherished memories with fellow pilgrims and colleagues,’ Alexa Pagnoni, Servite College concluded.