Seventy-five pilgrims from the parish of St Patrick RC Church, Grand Bay, Roseau, Dominica led by their parish priest Fr Brancker John embarked on their fourth annual nine-Church Novena Saturday, August 3.
Unlike previous years when the novena was held in Dominica, this year the group travelled to St Lucia.
The purpose of these novenas is to pray for the personal intentions of the pilgrims and for peace and harmony in the community, country and the world.
Since it is the hurricane season, prayers were offered for protection from all major disasters especially hurricanes and storms. The theme for this year’s nine-Church novena was Stewardship: A Way of Life.
The pilgrims travelled by ferry on Thursday, August 1 and Friday 2. They were housed and hosted at the Cardinal Kelvin Felix Pastoral Centre, a tranquil property not far from the capital, Castries.
Dominica News Online reported that Saturday was a day of prayer, quiet meditation and reflection, energetic praise and worship and humble adoration. At each stop, there was a different activity.