The best international
ambassador we have in the “Association of Friends of the Pallerols Way from
Rialb to Andorra” is, without a doubt, Emilio Fernández Urías, an aviation pilot who works in a private company with which he has
the opportunity to travel all over the world.
During his constant travels,
he promotes Pallerols through talks and distributing books and roses to the
people he interacts with in the different countries he visits.
Lately he has spent 7 months
in New Zealand for professional reasons and from there he sends us a chronicle
of the last days of his stay in that country, where it coincided with the visit
of the prelate of Opus Dei, Mons. Fernando Ocáriz, on the 24th to 26 of August.
This is what he writes to us:
I arrived in Auckland (New
Zealand) on February 15 and presented Lluís Trullols with a “Pallerols Rose”. Lluís
is the director of the Opus Dei center in Auckland, “Glenrowan Study Center”.
I was very lucky that this
time my company accommodated me at the Cordis hotel, which is 8 minutes from
Glenrowan, so that I could often go to this residence that hosts a small number
of young professionals and students. You can say that it has been my home
during the almost 7 months of my professional stay in the area. I have been
able to attend training sessions, dinners and fantastic gatherings at the end
of the day.
As ambassador of the
Association of Friends of the Pallerols Way, I reminded Lluís of the excellence
of the historic area of the Baronia de Rialb, and my hope in being a guide for
the “kiwi” friends who would dare to visit us.
And as it could not be less, the
Rose also arrived at the “Fernhall Study Center”, the women's center that
Carmen Ojeda directs with no less wisdom. My wife Beatriz, who accompanied me
in the month of August, visited the center and enjoyed the affectionate welcome
that Carmen gave her. Knowing the Association of Friends of the Pallerols Way
from Rialb to Andorra, they chatted at length about Pallerols and its present
and future project, and she received with enthusiasm this fond memory that,
like in Glenrowan, occupies a place of honor in the living room display case.
Bea also had the opportunity
to talk about her experience at the head of the Paulino Torras-Raval Solidari
Foundation and the social work that has been carried out for 25 years in the
Foundation and its connection with the church of Santa María de Montalegre and
the sponsored entities: Social Action Montalegre, Braval and Terral, all of
them in the Raval neighborhood of Barcelona.
Both Carmen and Lluís are
perfectly aware of the historical event that took place in Pallerols in the
Autumn of 1937. A pride and satisfaction that, despite the distance in space
and time -both have been at the antipodes for more than 20 years- they have
received this humble gift with so much enthusiasm.