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Pilgrimage to Echternach

In May, 1998, Father Cameron and five parishioners set out on a pilgrimage to Echternach, Luxembourg, to celebrate the 1300th Anniversary of the founding of the Benedictine Abbey of Echternach by St. Willibrord. After his years of missionary labour, St. Willibrord died at the monastery in Echternach in his 80s and is buried in the beautiful basilica dedicated to him.

One of the highlights of the trip was the day Father Cameron was given the privilege of saying Mass on the tomb of St. Willibrord. We were all very touched since that day just happened to be Father’s birthday.

We were welcomed with much enthusiasm by the pastor of St. Willibrord’s Basilica, Father Théophile Walin. He seemed overjoyed that we had come all the way from Canada to celebrate with them. Cardinals, bishops, priests and pilgrims from all over Europe were in the small town for this anniversary celebration and yet, Father Walin went out of his way to give special time to our little group from Verdun.

We will never forget the experience of watching thousands of people dance through the town of Echternach during the Hopping Procession. At a reception which followed, Father Cameron was presented with a precious relic of St. Willibrord by cardinal Adrianus Simonis, Archbishop of Utrecht, the diocese founded by St. Willibrord 1300 years before. We will never forget the friendliness of the people of Echternach.