On Tuesday, 17th September 2019, Grade 9 made their way to Stanstead Airport to travel 775 miles away to the south-western province of Carcassonne, France.
Upon arrival we were all stunned by the incredible views and excited for the trip to begin, ready to discover the roots of the RHSM. Early on Wednesday, we set off to Béziers, arriving at the Motherhouse and being greeted by the sisters and volunteers with a presentation about the RHSM’s founding. Then, splitting into groups to explore the house where Jean Gailhac ran the Good Shepherd and touring the beautiful town of Béziers, we learnt about Father Gailhac’s impact, even a century after his passing. We spent an amazing day with the sisters of the RHSM and learnt so much, feeling even closer to Father Gailhac and the founding sisters who embodied the meaning of ‘that may all have life’ and helped us understand how we can all apply it to ourselves. Our final liturgy themed around the quote “heart speaks to heart,” made us realise that we had also become closer to each other in the grade, each being given a duty to look out and care for each other over the year. From, the incredible sights at Albi, Saint Cecilia’s Cathedral and the Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, to the reflection periods in Béziers, we’ve learnt so much and wish we could go back and do it all again!
by Juliette, Grade 9