The beginning of the journey
The following pages are a suggested format for bringing ‘closure’ for priests who have come to the end of their time in Australia and are about to leave for their home country or another place.
It can be done as four separate sessions or can be done as one session.
The four sessions are:
1. The beginning of the journey
2. The good times
3. The tough times
What brought me to Australia?
What were the series of events?
Did I take a long time to decide to come?
Was it a spur of the moment decision?
Did someone make the decision for me?
What was the moment of arrival like for me?
What memories stick in my mind?
Who were the significant people?
What were the significant moments?
Does any scripture speak to me of this time?
The Good Times
As I think back over the time I have been here......
What were the good times?
What were some of the blessed/gifted moments?
Was there a time when I learnt something about myself?
Was there a time when I learnt something significant about others?
Who are some of the people that I would like to thank?
To acknowledge their Place in my journey?
How can l mark/savour these experiences?
The Tough Times......
When I think back about these times I think of.......
I think of what I still carry with me......
I think of what I choose to leave behind......
I think of the part that I may have Played in it and for which I am sorry....
I think of those whom I need to forgive......
What scripture comes to mind for me?
Think of or find a symbol in your wandering that represents this time.
As I think back over this time......
for what am I grateful?
For whom am I grateful?
What do I take with me from this experience to a new place?
Think of or find a symbol in your wandering that represents this gratitude.