Pilgrimages Are Back!

Join us in Melwood, Beauvale, Walsingham, Rodsley or Lourdes this Summer.

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‘Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey towards heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer (CCC 2691)

The last two years have seen many activities in our parishes, communities and diocese ‘on hold’ due to COVID 19 and the various lockdowns, rules and regulations. This also included pilgrimage, of which our diocese has a rich history and tradition. It is a great joy to share that pilgrimages are now firmly back on the diocesan calendar this Summer. Pilgrimages offer time out of our daily routines, providing time and space to renew our friendship with the Lord and refocus our journey with Him.  

The pilgrimage season begins this weekend on the 7th May, with Melwood and Beauvale both honouring the local martyrs Ss Augustine Webster, John Houghton and Robert Lawrence.  

In June, the diocese makes its annual pilgrimage to Walsingham, the national Shrine of Our Lady, also known as ‘England’s Nazareth.’ Coaches will be available from different parts of the diocese and this year, there will be a special ‘stream’ for young adults on the Friday/Saturday. June also sees the Rodsley pilgrimage in honour of St Ralph Sherwin, local priest and martyr.  

Finally, July sees the return of the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, an international Marian shrine, well known for its many healings and miracles. The pilgrimage will be in a much smaller format this year and places are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Please do think about attending one of these pilgrimages and inviting friends, family, your parish or community to join you. More information on each pilgrimage can be found in this booklet produced by the diocesan ‘Adult Formation for Mission’ department.

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