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During April and May pupils and staff at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College in Liverpool took part in Pax Christi England and Wales’ Pilgrimage for Peace.


Pupils reflected on their role as peacemakers in their own communities, prayed for peace and raised much-needed funds for Pax Christi whose church collections on Peace Sunday were decimated by the impact of Covid-19.


Mindful of the link between environmental sustainability and peacemaking, staff at the school turned disused lockers in to planters. Each form sowed sunflower seeds in their locker and sponsored their sunflower to help it grow.


It would seem that sunflowers do respond to financial incentives! Fundraising efforts were further boosted by bake sales hosted by Sixth Form and Year 8 students and the school was delighted to reach its fundraising target of £900.


However, fundraising was just a small part of Bellerive’s Pilgrimage. Throughout the month, pupils learnt about issues relating to peace during form time and RE lessons. The Pax Christi Peace Icon was displayed in the school chapel to offer staff and students opportunity for prayer and reflection.


The school ran a writing and art competition for students and were overwhelmed by the number of entries. The judging panel, which included school staff and representatives from Pax Christi, the Liverpool Archdiocese Justice and Peace Commission and the FCJ Sisters had a difficult task in selecting a winner!


The month closed with a visit from Archbishop Malcolm, who is the President of Pax Christi England and Wales. During his visit, he presented the winners of the Peace competition with their prizes and spoke with Year 7 and Year 12 students. Pupils made sure they asked him some tough questions, including on the conflict in Palestine, the role of women within the Church and whether he preferred KFC or McDonalds!


Staff remarked on how it had been a joy to see the school community come together to take part in this pilgrimage and thanked all in the local community who had shown their support. You can still donate to Pax Christi’s Pilgrimage for Peace at tinyurl.com/PaxDonate.  

Archbishop visits Bellerive to thank pupils for their support

Fundraising was just a small part of Bellerive’s Pilgrimage