Liverpool cathedrals spearhead pilgrimage project
Both Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will be the base of retreats for the project.
Ten sixth form students from he Academy of St Francis of Assisi are taking part in a pilgrimage across the North West, the first of its kind.
In collaboration with Chester Cathedral, ‘The Pilgrimage into Adult Life’ is aimed at providing support and guidance for 16-18 year olds as they prepare to face the world outside school.
The project, pioneered by Claire Henderson Davis, contemporary performance artist and theologian in residence at Chester Cathedral, will address themes such as separation from childhood and parents, hopes and expectations, work, relationships and vocations.
The two year programme will be delivered through day long retreats at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Chester Cathedral, St Asaph Cathedral and Bangor Cathedral.
The initiative will culminate in 2018 with a seven day pilgrimage walk along the North Wales Pilgrims Trail.
The final stop of the seven day walk will be the Liverpool Cathedrals, where a closing liturgy to family and friends will take place. Students will reflect on the project before a party celebrating the end of the pilgrimage.
Claire Henderson Davis says: “I am moved and honoured to be working with the students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi. Their enthusiastic engagement with the project confirms for me the need for this framework of support, designed to help prepare students for their onward journey into adult life.”
Tracey Greenough, Head of School at ASFA, says: “As a joint faith Roman Catholic and Church of England Academy I am thrilled to be involved in a project that promotes participation between Anglican and Roman Catholic communities.
“However, this project is about more than religion, it is about students working together, helping each other and offering support at a time of important change in their lives.
“The transition from school into adult life can be difficult, that’s why we ensure guidance is in place at ASFA to guarantee that when our students leave us, they feel confident about their futures.”