May 2015 Archive of the Month at the RCB Library – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1962 and the mentoring influence of a former Representative Church Body librarian

Miss Geraldine Fitzgerald

The May 2015 online exhibition at the RCB Library via the Archive of the Month slot focuses on the topic of pilgrimage to the Holy and a specific library connection. Featured is the digitized copy of a journal written in 1962 by a member of the diocese and lay reader, Patricia Ledbetter (now Smyth). As a young student Patricia travelled to Jerusalem and environs, via Holyhead, London, Frankfurt and Beirut, in September of that year, and this unusual journal records her travels and their impact.

Through the centuries, the Holy Land has drawn millions of pilgrims of the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. They visit the holy places central to their beliefs – connecting them to their respective faiths in a physical and personal way, and we previously demonstrated one such visit during the late 19th century, with the digitization of a collection of lantern slides that commenced at sea off the coast of the town of Jaffa, available at this permanent link: Each visit is distinctive and for every person fortunate enough to go on such a journey, it can be a life–changing experience.

So it was for Patricia who accompanied …read more

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