Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ottawa to Dublin (via Toronto Pearson) - First Impressions

Departure for most of us was from Ottawa International Airport (YOW) with a transfer in Toronto (YYZ) for the Air Canada flight to Dublin (DUB).  At Pearson Airport we met a number of bishops also travelling to the International Eucharistic Congress (Archbishop Bohan of Regina and Bishop Bohen of Saskatoon) and others, including Father Thomas Rosica, CSB, of Salt and Light TV.

Whisked thtough Irish customs, we were met by representatives of the ICE.  Our tour guide and bus driver took us on a tour of Dublin en route to our hotel (The Ballsbridge) which is a 15-minute walk from all the activities at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) grounds.

Arrangements has been made for us to celebrate Mass in the downtown Blessed Sacrament Chapel, then we headed to Trinity College to take in the exhibition on the Book of Kells, a medieval manuscript of the four gospels.  After checking into our hotel, we walked over to the RDS to pick up our registration kits (all handled very efficiently and with the traditional Irish warm welcome).

A photo medley of the start of our pilgrimage: 


Archbishop Albert LeGatt (Saint Boniface), Bishop Richard Gagnon (Victoria)


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