|The Lasallian Sojourn
|Jerwin M. Lasin | 1/11/2011 10:27:33 AM
WHAT IS THE SOJOURN? SOJOURN is a Lasallian Pilgrimage and Renewal Program organized by De La Salle Lipa in 2007. It is highlighted by visits to sites in France and Italy that were significant in the life of St. John Baptist de La Salle. SOJOURN brings together members of the Lasallian Family in the Philippines in a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual experience.
It was conceived as a unifying activity for all Lasallian Schools in the Philippines in celebration of the 100th Year of the Lasallian Presence in the Philippines. The SOJOURN Pilgrimage experience is designed to deepen the spiritual experience of Lasallian Family members by a physical return to our Lasallian roots.
The organizers aim to bring 100 pilgrims to the birthplace of St. John Baptist de La Salle in an annual Pilgrimage from 2007 to 2012.
WHO CAN JOIN THE SOJOURN? SOJOURN is open to all members of the Lasallian Family like students, teachers, administrators, parents, alumni, Brothers, BOT members, and benefactors who are:
wiilling to know more about St. John Baptiste de la Salle;
willing to share to others what they have learned; and
prepared to travel abroad.
WHAT PLACES ARE VISITED WHILE ON THE SOJOURN? SOJOURN usually starts at the birthplace of St. John Baptist de La Salle and where he established his first school in Reims, France. While in Reims, pilgrims will visit the Notre Dame Cathedral de Reims, Palais de Tau, St. Remi Cathedral, College des Bons Enfants, Rue De La Salle, Lycee Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle (Rue Neuve/Contrai), L‘Eglise St. John Baptist de La Salle, Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Child Jesus, tomb of Bl. Br. Arnould Reche. Possible side trips to Liesse, Laon and Thillois can also be scheduled.
Next stop will be in Paris: where St. John Baptist de La Salle established other schools. Among the significant places in Paris are Rue de Bac, Rue de Vaugirard, Rue St. John Baptist de La Salle, Rue Princesse, Rue de Sevres, and Church of St. Sulpice, Free time to visit the famous tourist spots in Paris is also included.
Parmenie, a small town in the mountainous region of Eastern France, became a very significant place because it was in Parmenie where St. John Baptist de La Salle had his retreat when he was facing a dilemma to continue the Brothers Institute or not. Here, the Pilgrims will live with the French Christian Brothers and will also have their retreat to be facilitated by a Filipino Brother.
Towards the last years of St. John Baptist de La Salle, he established and ran a school for teachers and juvenile delinquents in Rouen, France located in the historic Normandy Region in Western France. There he died. In Rouen, the Pilgrims will see the original tomb of St. John Baptist de La Salle at St. Sever Church, his school at St. Yon, and another school at Aitre St. Maclou Church. This city became famous because of the French heroine who later became a Catholic Saint, Joan of Arc.
The last stop will be in Rome, Italy. There, the pilgrims will visit the Motherhouse of the Christian Brothers where the relics of St. John Baptist de La Salle are also kept. A visit to Vatican will cap the pilgrimage.
In the past, pilgrims also made side trips to Beauvais, Versailles, Lourdes, Lissieux, and Saugues, all in France and crossed the border to Belgium to visit Bruges, Malone, and Brussels - funds and time permitting.
HOW MUCH DOES JOINING THE SOJOURN COST? The program costs PHP 7,000 and USD 1,700 and EUR1,400 excluding visa fee, some meals, and pocket money. The fee will cover the following:
- round trip airfare (Manila-Paris-Rome-Manila)
- airfare from France to Italy
- travel insurance
- train and Metro fares
- pilgrimage materials
- administrative fee
- entrance fees
Meals in France would usually range from €8 (Sandwich) to €15 (Complete meal). Breakfast is usually included.
WHO HAVE JOINED THE SOJOURN? There were 15 pilgrims in 2007; 12 in 2008; 16 in 2009; and 16 in 2010. These pilgrims came from the following District Schools and Institutions: De La Salle Lipa, De La Salle University Manila, De La Salle University Dasmariñas, DLS-College of St. Benilde, De La Salle Araneta University, De La Salle Zobel, La Salle University Ozamis, La Salle Greenhills, Bahay Pag-Asa, Saint Jaime Hilario School-La Salle, La Salle College Antipolo. The 3rd group was composed of High School Students. while the other groups were composed of Brothers, Teachers, Staff, Alumni, and Administrators.
WHAT IS THE DATE OF THE SOJOURN THIS YEAR? April 27 to May 14 2011.
Sojourn Program Coordinator
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