Day two of Bishop Ken Good and Bishop Donal McKeown's 3-day pilgrimage from Gartan to St Augustine's Church in Londonderry saw them complete the longest stretch of their joint walk - the 16 miles from St Eunan's Cathedral in Letterkenny to Saint Aengus' Church in Burt. The church leaders are walking all the way - a journey of 34 miles - to promote reconciliation and highlight their shared Columban heritage.
Thursday's first leg - 'From Cross to Cross' - took them from St Columba's birthplace in Gartan to Conwall Church of Ireland in Letterkenny. The two church leaders visited the huge Columban crosses at Gartan and near the centre of Letterkenny. The bishops set off from St Eunan's Cathedral in Letterkenny on Friday morning, having received a Columban blessing from the Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce. The second leg - 'From Church to Church' - ended seven hours later with a service at St Aengus' Church.
On the first two days, the bishops joined in interdenominational services along the route in St Columba's Church in Churchhill and at All Saints Church in Newtoncunningham. They met and talked with people along the route. Children from local schools Gartan N.S. and Social Náisiúnta na Sraithe Moire accompanied the church leaders as they walked to Churchhill, and pupils at Scoil Naomh Prionnseas prepared a spontaneous welcome for the bishops as they passed Manorcunningham.
The third and final day, on Saturday will take the bishops 'From Country to Town' as they walk from Burt to St Augustine's - the 'Wee Church on the Walls' - in the centre of Londonderry.
(Additional photos by Kathleen Grant ((Burt())