All Hallows Catholic College in Macclesfield, has marked one hundred years since the start of the Great War with the opening of The Pax Christi Peace and Memorial Garden in the grounds of its campus.
A Peace Pole bearing the words ‘May peace prevail on earth’ in many languages was ceremonially processed into the garden and the Rt Revd Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury then blessed the garden with a sprinkling of Holy Water. Following the ceremony all invited guests were invited to scatter poppy and wild flower seeds which will recall the flowers which brought red colour to battle fields after the fighting.
Matt Jeziorski representing Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace organization said, “It is wonderfully encouraging for all of us at Pax Christi to see a school taking up the challenge of peace-making in this way. All Hallows stands as an example to other schools seeking to put their faith into action.”
Principal, Tony Billings said ‘All the curriculum subjects are linked with the project and the garden will be a major part of All Hallows’ annual November Remembrance Liturgy. The garden also provides a resource for partner schools. The project has been achieved as a result of the support of our local housing association, Cheshire Peaks and Plains who commissioned an inspirational landscape gardener, Mr. John Tilley, to work with our students on the design. It will leave a legacy for many years to come. ’