Whole School Pilgrimage
Celebrating 176 years of education & our Foundress, Marie Madeleine d’Houet.
In 2016 Gumley House School FCJ achieved its 175 year history in educating young people and our whole school Pilgrimage on July 6th 2017 was an important part of this on-going celebration.
The pilgrimage gave us an opportunity to celebrate our Foundress Marie Madeleine d’Houet, who in 1841 to fulfil her vision of the value of education for all, travelled from France to London (a considerable journey in those days), to establish a school for the education of girls and local women. Gumley House is one of many locations in Europe where the FCJ Sisters have schools and we are also fortunate to have the FCJ Generalate on our school site too.
The pilgrimage also gave our students and staff valuable time away from our busy schedules to reflect on what gives meaning to our lives.
We chose Syon House as the start of our pilgrimage journey as it is a place of great spiritual significance for our school. St. Richard Reynolds, who ministered at Syon Abbey in the early 16th century is one of the six saints commemorated by our school and represented in one of our student Houses.
The walk from Syon House to Gumley House School was followed by a special celebration mass with Father Mark Leenane of Osterley Parish.
The day ended with a wonderful picnic on our school lawn.