Lisa and Thomas took part in what may have been the ITI's last walking pilgrimage to Mariazell. Maria and I stayed home to keep Katie company, but Lisa had never made the walk before, and so when the day dawned sunny and beautiful, off she went with Thomas strapped to her. The walk is something like 26 or 28 kilometers through some really beautiful land. Maria and I joined the pilgrims at Mariazell (we came by bus) to sing the Akathist hymn to Mary in thanksgiving for the recently completed academic year, and for all the many blessings received through her during the ITI's time in Gaming, as also to ask for her continued aid and protection during the transition to Trumau.
The Basilica of our Lady of Mariazell.
Great Mother of Austria,
Ora pro nobis!