"Can anything good come out of Galilee?" someone once asked (in John 1:46), and the reply came: "Come and see".
We are issuing the same invitation to boys between the ages of 9 and 17 who would like to experience Chavagnes for a week ...
We are calling it the Chavagnes Taster Week for potential pupils. From 16th-20th February 2009, we are inviting boys aged from 9 to 17 to come and spend a week here with us and experience the Chavagnes routine, join in some classes, meet the other boys in their age group, participate in some fun activities and discover something of our very special region of France, the Vendée. The cost for this week (from Monday 16th to Friday 20th) is just 75 pounds or 95 euros. It coincides with the half term holiday of many schools in the UK, so plenty of potentially interested young men should be free that week.
In case you are curious, I decided in the end to dress up as Saint Uncumber, or Wilgefortis. In fact her existence has been discredited, but the story is that she was a Portuguese princess who was promised in marriage to a pagan. She prayed to be made very ugly so as to escape her fate. Her prayers were answered (she even grew a beard) and so her father crucified her. There is a chapel in her honour in the Loreto Convent in Prague, which I saw a few years ago. It is rather eery ... My colleagues, and a few visitors thought it an odd choice. I think I will have to be more conservative next year. I already have an idea that I could go as Moses, with horns ... the way he is sometimes represented in art, because he came down from Mount Sinai and the 'horns of God' (an expression meaning 'glory') radiated from him.