A very heartfelt and sincere THANK. YOU to all who donated to and/or took part in this year's Notre Dame "No More Turning Away" Pilgrimage.  Together, we were able to raise over $40,000.00 to support our people and projects in the Developing World.

Congratulations Notre Dame College School community!


History of the Pilgrimage

In the Spring of 1975, Holy Cross Father and former Notre Dame student and teacher Jim Mulligan experienced his own Pilgrimage to Chartres while studying in Paris, France.  On this holy journey, he reflected on the rich faith tradition of a pilgrimage as a prayerful walk to a holy place. He thought it would be incredible for a high school community like Notre Dame to begin its own Pilgrimage as walk of solidarity with those suffering from injustice in other parts of the world.  Six years earlier in his Grade 10 French class, while discussing the concept of ‘Tiers Monde’ (Third World), he and his students had already begun the tradition of ‘Starvathons’ where participants would obtain pledges for fasting.  Monies raised supported development work in what was then known as the Third World.  

The concept of the Starvathon and Pilgrimage were combined in the Fall of 1976 as Notre Dame’s 1st annual Pilgrimage for the Third World.  In late October of each year following, the entire Notre Dame College School community (students, teachers, parents and alumni) has joined together to walk in solidarity with those suffering in other parts of the world. There are many ways we put our faith into action at Notre Dame, but our annual Pilgrimage is a significant focal point of our school year. It is an opportunity to learn about and respond to issues of injustice in the developing world.

The symbol of our Pilgrimage is the broken world – a world broken apart by greed, injustice and indifference.  We walk in love and solidarity, contributing to the common good.  Our hope is that by putting our faith into action, by putting our feet to the gospel, we are contributing to a unified world, not a broken one.  

Who We Support

Participants collect pledges to support 3 separate organizations: Yancana Huasy, a therapy centre for physically and developmentally challenged young adults in Lima Peru associated with the Holy Cross Fathers (http://yancanahuasy.org.pe/), Dominican Canadian Community Development Group (DCCD) (founded by Notre Dame alumni https://www.globalnpo.org/CA/Welland/165371410253899/The-Dominican-Canadian-Community-Development-Group) and the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (https://www.devp.org/en/aboutus/identity) .  


    • 25% of Funds raised: Yancana Huasy is a centre for children with special needs in Lima, Peru founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross. 
    • 25% of Funds raised: Dominican Canadian Community Development Group (DCCD) is a grassroots not-for-profit charitable organization founded by Notre Dame Alumni. It uses a collaborative approach to development projects in the Dominican Republic.
    • 50% of Funds raised: Development and Peace is the international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada and Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis.  It supports partners in the Global South who promote alternatives to unfair social, political and economic structures.


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