More than 30 intrepid parishioners from Drumragh with Mountfield stepped out in faith – quite literally – on Saturday morning when they set off from St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry to walk the 35 miles to St Columba’s Church in Omagh.
Their marathon walk is a fund-raiser for the parish’s ambitious renovation project. An estimated half a million pounds is needed to pay for alarge-scale scheme of works to repair and replace St Columba’s stonework, pointing and guttering.
The walkers were sent on their way by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Ken Good, and the Dean of Derry, Very Rev Raymond Stewart. The two church leaders prayed with the walkers in St Columb’s Cathedral before their 6 a.m. start.
The parishioners are being led on their journey of faith by their curate, Rev Sean Hanily, and Diocesan ordinand Claire Henderson who is still “jet-lagged” having just returned from the United States of America.