Discovery of the Breton countryside

à la découverte de la Bretagne 03Two young Daughters of Jesus, Yury and Martha, the one Colombian the other Hondurian, who had been in France since February 2015 in order to learn French arrived at Kermaria at the beginning of June.

They enjoyed being among the sisters of the mother-house and through their meeting with all of the communities came to know the site, the daily routine, and the activities.

Sunday 7th June, it as the turn of the community Angélique Périgault to welcome them. At the end of the Sunday Mass they presented themselves and shared their impressions before a chapel well-filled for a prayerful celebration, no doubt less colourful and less dynamic than in South America. Afterwards they shared a joyful midday meal with the community.

Around two o’clock two car loads set off for the countryside … Where ? … direction Pontivy and Pluméliau, where throughout 150 years the Daughters of Jesus taught, nursed and evangelised. 10 km further on, discovery of St Nicolas des Eaux where our sisters also worked. There, in the past, a small train circulated over short distances. The former station has been converted into a “Leisure Park” with a ticket office, cider works, creperie, board games, reading material and a waiting room for the little train that leaves once an hour.

à la découverte de la Bretagne 02The train with a cabin for the driver, runs on rails, and is pulled by a tractor. The passengers, installed in two wagons, travel at slow speed through flower beds, well-cared-for squares of different cereals, hen houses, animal shelters, areas to rest and play in with all sorts of things to interest children, adolescents and adults alike. All of this is thanks to the initiative and creativity of the local population. Around ten people are employed there and it is a beautiful project.

After a good afternoon tea in the fresh air and a long walk the length of the canal, it was time to return by way of the hermitage and chapel of St Gildas.
The photos they took will allow Yury and Martha to share their good memories of the day when they return to their communities.

Community Angélique Périgault

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