June 10, 2013
THE B.C. CATHOLIC
FRASER LAKE – Pilgrims will have a chance to sing, learn, and pray for peace and healing together at the Rose Prince Lejac Pilgrimage July 5 to 7.
Aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities will honour the memory of Rose Prince at the pilgrimage, held where the Lejac Indian Residential School once stood, west of Prince George, between Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake.
Rose Prince's incorrupt body symbolizes healing, said Rennie Nahanee, coordinator of First Nations Ministry in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Nahanee believes that in addition to seeking reconciliation and healing, pilgrims can learn about the culture of the aboriginal people and their experiences in residential schools.
Rose Prince, like many aboriginals, was sent to a residential school. While some resent the sisters who taught in these schools, Rose Prince encouraged prayer and forgiveness.
In 1951 Rose Prince's body was found to be incorrupt when her coffin broke open while being moved. Many believe she is a shining example of a pure life, free from hatred and poisonous habits such as drugs and alcohol.
Rose Prince's body, Nahanee added, is a symbol of reconciliation for those with painful memories of abuse and loss of cultural identity in residential schools.
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