After the New Dawn gathering at Walsingham…

Posted August 9, 2017 4:35 am by Joanna Bogle

…I paid an all-too-brief visit to the FAITH Movement’s great Summer gathering. As always, crowds of young people. A ceilidhi was in progress as I arrived – there is always a strong Scottish contingent at FAITH events, kilted and enthusiastic, and the dancing goes on until a late hour. The week included daily Mass and prayer, talks and sports and more…it has all grown hugely from the days when we gathered, 40 years ago, in much smaller numbers, at what is now Roehampton University. But as the music swirled and the talk was warm and lively around the bar, and there was the buzz of youth and energy, lots and lots of  laughter and fun…it brought joyful memories and an enormous sense of gratitude…

The Summer Session is now held at this school with its beautiful grounds, approached by a walk from the railway station along by lush meadows in the fold of the Surrey hills – every year, I relish this lovely walk, and the peace it brings, especially as I know it will end with a meeting of old friends and a sense of homecoming.

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