El Arca en Querétaro celebrates the Jubilee with pilgrims from El Arca de México and L’Arche USA
For a little over a year, we knew that L’Arche communities around the world would be celebrating in 2014 the Jubilee of the foundation of the first community, 50 years ago. We decided it would be wonderful to celebrate with members of sister communities from the Western Region of the USA with whom we share links of solidarity since 2008.
We started dreaming together, planning on both sides, deciding on dates, events and places, then later, raising funds, getting passports ready etc… As the date grew closer, a blog was created (http://queretaropilgrimage.blogspot.mx) to document all the preparations and excitement involved, T-Shirts were printed, and special buttons for the pilgrimage made.
On Saturday October 4th, on L’Arche Family Day, under a gentle and continuous morning rain, pilgrims met at the crossroad planned and started walking towards the Sanctuary of the Lady of Schoënstatt. Despite the rain, many people came and joined us as we walked hand in hand, wearing the cool T-shirts brought all the way from the USA, singing and chanting, waving little L’Arche colorful signs, and carrying banners with the Jubilee logos and phrases. Truly a joyful L’Arche crowd! Members of El Arca en México arrived too and walked all the way to the sanctuary where we later participated in a beautiful liturgy accompanied by even more friends and members of the extended community. Father Cristobal who had arrived from Chile a year ago confided that the L’Arche Jubilee celebration was the best gift he received on his first anniversary in Mexico! Mass was followed by a simple and delicious lunch and a lot of talking, laughing and sharing.
for all who joined us in our celebration and every person who made this pilgrimage possible.
In joyful gratitude,
El Arca en Querétaro, México.