[Ciudad Rodrigo, 4th October 2014]
Following the successful meeting we had in Palencia last September 28th 2013, of a group of nearly forty Former Students of the Missionary Seminary of Mariannhill in Palencia; we met again in Ciudad Rodrigo [Salamanca] on the 4th October 2014.
The largest numbers of the attendees were Former Students from Ciudad Rodrigo and from the villages of the region, such as El Payo, Navasfrías, Peñaparda, Villasrubias, The Sahugo, and Lagunilla. There were also Former Students coming from the in the provinces of Palencia, Valladolid and León.
The meeting was an opportunity to meet each other and to recall and celebrate the years of childhood and youth lived at the Seminary and acknowledge the human and Christian formation received.
The preparation of the meeting was done with a lot of dedication by Mr. Miguel Ratero and Mr. Carlos Alfredo Hernández Rubio, two of the Former Students, coming from Ciudad Rodrigo.
After we met at noon, and exchanged greetings and in many cases, trying to recognize each other, we strolled the streets of the walled centre of the City, while we were talking about the years spent in the Seminary.
That day the feast of St. Francis of Assisi was celebrated and Ciudad Rodrigo celebrated that feast in a very particular way, since it was the eighth centenary commemorating the visit of St. Francis of Assisi to that city.
Unfortunately the various events taking place at the Cathedral of St. Mary on the occasion of the anniversary deprived us of making the planned guided tour of the Cathedral.
Approaching lunch time, we drove to the farm of wild cattle “The Talayos”, situated 11 kilometers from Ciudad Rodrigo on the road to Bejar. The farm is owned by the Heirs of Manuel Santos Mayor, whose representative is Manuel Santos Pérez, also a former student of Mariannhill.
After lunch, situated in a truck, we visited the farm and watched the wild cattle grazing on the farm: cows, heifers, bulls, steers .
Thus ended this pleasant autumn day, where we could enjoy a serene and comforting day, rekindling the embers of the education received at Mariannhill and reigniting the friendships of yester years [Photo 5].
Fr. Lino Herrero Prieto CMM