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Trip to Taizé - July 2014

On 5 July, eight of our sixth form students took part in the annual visit to Taizé in France. Our students joined 3000 other young people from all over the world who come to spend a week living in community with the Brothers of Taizé.

 

The Taizé community share a life of simplicity and prayer following the example of Brother Roger who founded the Community of Reconciliation in the years following World War II.

 

During the week students commit themselves to join in the community prayer three times a day when thousands of young people come to the chapel. Prayer is centred around the music and chants of Taizé and silence, which was a new experience for many of our 6th formers and one which they found very special. They also take part in daily Bible study sessions which are led by one of the brothers. This is followed by small group discussions. They made an excellent job of overcoming the huge language and communication problems that they were faced with when having to bring together the diverse language, culture and opinions of students from across the world, but with lots of gestures and laughter they eventually managed to understand each other very well.

 

Community work is the third strand of life at Taizé and we were very proud of our students who willingly served breakfast to 3000 people or emptied bins, sorted out the recycling and helped in the chapel.

 

Taizé is a very special and spiritual place that lives out the Gospel message. The entire experience certainly ‘touched' us all and Taizé was made richer by the contribution and witness made by our students during their time there.

 

Here are some of their thoughts:

"Taizé was an amazing experience; I built so many social skills and made a lot of friends."

"Taizé was an amazing experience that helped me to grow in faith and confidence."

"Taizé was really special as we got to socialise with people from around the world."

"Taizé for me was a unique and special time."

"Taizé has left me feeling very refreshed and happy; it was a brilliant experience and I would recommend it to anyone."

"Taizé for me was an amazing experience; it has helped me to develop as a young person."

 

It was a privilege for Mr O'Connell and myself to be with such a wonderful group of committed, hardworking and positive young adults, who managed to smile even when it rained continually for eight days!!

 

Mrs O'Connell
Teacher of Religious Education

 

 

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