|The Team at the Oratory of St. Joseph in Montreal|
Our trusted friend, Pastor Daniel, graciously served as our guide for our day in the city. We left the church around 9 AM and drove over the mighty St. Lawrence River to reach the Oratory of St. Joseph. The Oratory is a large Catholic church that was constructed in the early 1900s and named for St. Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. This is a beautiful structure that sits on the highest point in the city of Montreal. Its beautiful architecture presented opportunities for our team to learn about the Catholic expression of the Christian faith, as well as how its construction and presence contributed to the distaste which lead to the French Canadian people in Quebec leaving the church.
After our time atop the hill and a few viewing stops on our way back down, we made our way to downtown Montreal, where we spent some time in the giant underground mall that is four stories tall (or below, to be more precise) and then many blocks wide, running under many different buildings in the central city. We spent time in the downtown area where the team was able to shop for a few hours and eat lunch.
|Inside the Church of Sainte Marguite Bourgeoys, |
the oldest church in Montreal
|Students engaging with a new prayer practice|
Our team now prepares to head home on Saturday after what has been a fulfilling week. Many came with various expectations and fears, however I think they will be returning to Union County with a better sense of the breadth of God’s kingdom, as well as the diversity within the body of Christ. I hope they are challenged to take the experiences they have had this week, and allow them to change the way they view all of the relationships they have in their lives.