The opening of the Notre Dame International Peace Garden in Liverpool took place on Wednesday 26 September and some of our staff and students were lucky enough to be invited along.
The garden was opened and blessed by Sister Teresita, Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. This is the order of religious sisters who set up Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College more than 100 years ago. Sister Teresita gave a speech during the event, which upper sixth student Mufaro Wande said was wonderful. ‘Her talk about peace was simple and uncomplicated. It was very moving and emotional, and made me feel part of something much bigger.’
Features of the garden include olive trees, whose branches have symbolised peace for humanity for thousands of years. As our invitation from St Julie’s Catholic High School in Liverpool said: ‘The garden will provide a focal point for reflection, challenge and shade, and will be a flourishing testimony to the continued commitment to peace in our world which we hold as a Notre Dame learning community.’
Sister Teresita is pictured above with students Mafuro Wande, Minhah Ali and Alvin Eben.