V Meeting of the Former Students of the Missionary Seminary of Mariannhill in Palencia [Spain

PHOTO: JUAN RAMÓN GARRIDO HERNÁNDEZ [Spain]

Since the first meeting that this association held in Palencia on September 28th, 2013, the members of the association have met annually in the fall. So on October 4th, 2014, the meeting was held in Ciudad Rodrigo [Salamanca]. The following year, on September 26th, 2015, the meeting took place in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Velilla [León]. On September 17th, 2016, the former students of our Mariannhill Seminary in Palencia met in three emblematic places on the Pilgrim Way of St. James as it crosses through the province of Palencia: Frómista, Villalcázar de Sirga and Carrión de los Condes.

In order to continue strengthening the ties between all those who were students of Mariannhill, on October 7th, 2017, a new meeting was held in Lagunilla [Salamanca].

The aforementioned meeting began at noon on that first and hot Saturday of October in the Hermitage of the village, where a prayer was said for the deceased former students, especially those who had left us in the last year, a prayer that included the Mariannhill missionaries who passed through that seminary and who have already died, as well as its former teachers.

Then, after taking a walk through the streets of the village and through a large park full of oaks and chestnut trees, we went to what is known as the “Balcony of Extremadura”, from where one can see and admire a vast valley, dotted with various villages and olive trees.

After enjoying a superb meal in one of the local restaurants, we visited the original village of Granadilla [Cáceres], now rehabilitated after being abandoned for the construction of the wetlands named “Gabriel and Galán”.

We ended this fraternal and peaceful meeting by taking a walk through the town of Hervás [Cáceres], while we talked about the memories of the years spent together at the Seminary of Mariannhill in Palencia and drew up plans for the next meeting.

The Observer

PHOTO: JUAN RAMÓN GARRIDO HERNÁNDEZ [Spain]