Today is my last day in the office before I take leave. I don’t fly to Dublin until Monday, but thought it would be good to take a few days of quiet before Easter, spending some time with my husband and family.
My travel to Ireland takes the form of a pilgrimage – a journey back to the source of the Sisters of Mercy who responded to the needs of their time – who assisted the poor and disadvantaged, who traveled across the world to new lands to bring hope to those who had left Ireland in the hope of finding a better life.
Many of the emigrants from Ireland in the 1800s left because of poverty, famine, religious persecution and political unrest. All had a hope that the new land of their choice would yield wealth in exchange for hard work, religious freedom and democracy. This is what my ancestors brought with them from Ireland.
So my quest on this pilgrimage is to learn more about the Ireland they left, more about the courage and bravery of those who worked tirelessly with the poor and wretched in Ireland to give them hope and comfort.
My blog then will comment on my experiences and insights. It will be a journey about others’ lives, but also my own journey of understanding.