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Each year since the canonisation of St Marcellin in 1999 the Province of Australia has organised a pilgrimage which includes some time at the Hermitage and the country of St Marcellin.  The pilgrims are Lay Marists and Brothers who come from the schools and other ministries of the Province. Each school is encouraged to send one pilgrim.  This year the pilgrimage was reconfigured to commence with some time in the Holy Land.  The rationale for this was to begin the pilgrimage by encountering Jesus, as disciples of Jesus.  From Jerusalem to  Rome, in order to identify with the Church, then to France to encounter Marcellin and the Marist dream, and finally to return home to make Jesus known and loved in the Marist way.

During the month of April thirty-six pilgrims have spent nine days in the Holy Land, three days in Rome, three in Lyon, and finally eight days in the house of Marcellin. 

It has been a profound experience, with many memorable moments.  A feature of the journey has been that it was made with Mary, first disciple.  One special encounter was to visit Ein Kerem near Jerusalem – the place where the Visitation and the Magnificat are commemorated (see the picture). The pilgrims had literal experience of going “in haste with Mary”.

The Marian experience continued in Rome –  where Brother Emili spoke with the group about their role as Marists in reflecting the Marian face of the Church – and then at “the Hermitage of Mary” in France. The pilgrims deepened their appreciation of what it meant to be Marists “with Mary” and “as Mary” –  in fact to be Mary.

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