2011 Dublin Pilgrimage Traveler
When I heard about the opportunity to travel to Dublin for the Young Mercy Leader Pilgrimage I immediately thought "don't bother writing your essay, they'll never send a senior on that trip." I couldn't have been more wrong! I wrote my essay and had my interview and when I discovered I was chosen to be a participant, I felt both joy and uncertainty. What would be asked of me? What challenges would I face? Was I strong enough to accept what this experience would show me about myself? And was I ready to bring my lessons and experiences back to campus and somehow show students, faculty and staff how much this pilgrimage had showed me? The uncertainty and nerves disappeared once I entered The Mercy House.
Three years later I can't help but talk about this pilgrimage every chance I have. I was sponsored by the Alumni Board and have had the great pleasure of serving on the board for the past three years. I have enjoyed seeing all of the changes that have happened on campus and what is to come. Without the help of the Alumni Board I would not have had the chance to learn more about the life of Catherine McCauley and how she inspired hundreds of thousands of women to aid those who are in need.
There was one seminar I attended that spoke about those who have passed away and the way we view them. The idea was that "heaven is now" and those who have left us don't change or age in heaven. Once we meet again they appear the same way as we remembered them here on earth. This was such a simple yet comforting statement that has never left my mind, even three years later. When a relative or a friend suffers a loss, I share this wisdom with them in hopes that they can find their own interpretation and comfort in those words.