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Uganda 08 - first message

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Well, 9 days into our trip I've at last managed to get to an internet cafe to do some blogging and give you all some news of the trip (+ some photos).

It's good news all round... everyone is well (despite the occasional minor upset stomach). We have had days full of wonderful experiences, first in Kisubi (nr. Kampala, the capital) where we had a day's visits around Brothers' school and university campuses before staying our first night here in a lakeside residence owned by the Ugandan De La Mennais Brothers.

After that, it was a 4 hr. road trip west to the Brothers' secondary school St. Charles Lwanga in Kasasa and it's extensive property (boarding school, 2 Brothers' houses, sports pitches, large farm, acres of forest... a beautiful place). We stayed there 6 days making lots of new friends, being entertained in the evenings by the local students, challenging them to (very serious) games of 11-a-side football with referee and kits that we brought with us. The…

De La Mennais Brothers Art Competition @ SFX

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During the last 2 weeks we have had an art competition going in R.E. lessons for Yrs. 7 to 9 to get pupils to design a new poster or logo using the Brothers' "DS" symbol with a cross/crucifix. The resulting art work was of a very high standard. The overall winner was Shaun McBride in Yr. 8:


26 other short-listed entries (including the work of 2nd prize winner Nicholas White Yr. 9 and 3rd prize winner Alex Carroll Yr. 7 and assorted runners-up) can be found together with this winning piece in an online Flickr photo album at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bro_james/sets/72157606174091369/

Liverpool to La Salette - Day 7

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The penultimate day... One of the wettest. A late start on the road (10.15am) due to staying for morning prayer with the Taizé community and other visitors/retreatants. But as this was one of the shortest days (88 miles) I still arrived in reasonable time that evening at my stop over point, the parish presbytery in the village of St. Georges d'Espéranches, just south of Lyon.

Leaving Taizé.


Traversing a very wet Lyon.