Following a much deserved half term break, Loreto students returned to College and were delighted to receive the Salford Diocese Prayer Torch which came to us from our close neighbours St Bede’s Preparatory School.
Each of the schools and colleges in the Salford Diocese are taking part in a Relay of Prayer to mark the significance of Britain hosting the Olympic Games.
The aim is to celebrate links between faith and sport as well as celebrating the ways in which they can bring people together. Each school was twinned with an Olympic country at the launch of the relay on the 15th September 2011 at Thornleigh Salesian College. The Torch began its Relay on November 28th 2011 from Thorneyholme Primary School in Clitheroe before travelling southwards through the Diocese.
The ambassadors from St Bede’s, whose Olympic country was Chad, impressed Loreto students with their powerful presentation acknowledging the difficulties faced by Chad’s people and highlighting the positive progression the nation is making. Pupils then released balloons in the national colours of Chad, each with a dedicated prayer attached.
The following day Loreto students continued the torch relay with a presentation at St Wilfrid’s Primary School. At a school assembly the torch was handed on to the school, together with a prayer and memento for each pupil. Pupils at the school joined in enthusiastically to share their knowledge of sport particularly in connection with Loreto’s Olympic country, Turkey.
The Relay will end on the 6th July with a special service in Salford Cathedral.