“A Pilgrimage of Mercy: In the Footsteps of Ursula Frayne”
The Year 9 Reflection Days, part of the special two-week camp and transition program, were held on 23 and 30 November. On each of these days, 90 students and staff walked in the footsteps of Ursula Frayne and her companions, the first Sisters of Mercy who came to Australia in 1846.
The day commenced at Bathers Beach in Fremantle, where the Sisters landed on Australian soil. The group then travelled up the Swan River by boat, retracing the journey made by this pioneering group of Mercy Sisters. After disembarking at Barrack Street jetty the students and staff walked through the Perth CBD stopping at significant locations, such as the place where the Sisters spent their first night in Perth, and the site of their first convent. The group then walked to St John’s Pro Cathedral, where the missionaries gave thanks for a safe journey and arrival in 1846. The day continued for students and staff with a tour of the Mercy heritage Centre and St Mary’s Cathedral.