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Diocese of Hallam Pilgrimage



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On a bright and sunny day the Diocese of Hallam celebrated their thirty fifth pilgrimage to the National Shrine, led by their new bishop, the Right Revd Ralph Hesketh C.Ss.R. After facing a longer journey than usual owing to the busiest weekend of the year on the roads, some pilgrims enjoyed lunch in the dining room of Elmham House, the pilgrim accommodation, while others explored Read more

Tamil Two Pilgrimage



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On Sunday, 12th July, over 14, 000 members of the Tamil community of England, held their annual pilgrimage to Walsingham. This is the largest pilgrimage of the year and a wonderful witness to the faith of this community. The day is very much a family occasion: often families with three generations travel many a mile for the devotions and celebrations. The first coach arrived Read more

Carmelite Pilgrimage 5th Centenary



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On Saturday, 11th July, the National Shrine hosted the first Carmelite pilgrimage to Walsingham. The day began with a talk by Fr Matt Blake OCD in the Chapel of Reconciliation followed by the pilgrim Mass at midday. This was due to be celebrated by the Right Revd Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe. Unfortunately the bishop was indisposed and so Mass was celebrated by Read more

Union of Catholic Mothers Celebrate Anniversary Pilgrimage



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The Union of Catholic Mothers celebrated their seventieth pilgrimage to Walsingham this year. East Anglia UCM was the lead diocese and both Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia and Bishop Alan Williams of Brentwood, formerly the shrine director, and the newly appointed spiritual director of the UCM, were present. On Monday evening Bishop Williams presided during Adoration and Benediction followed by a torchlight procession Read more

Society of St Vincent de Paul Pilgrimage



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Almost 1,000 members of the SVP came on the annual pilgrimage. Bishop Alan Hopes celebrated the Mass in the shrine grounds; fortunately the heavy showers of the morning had stopped and later we were in bright sun for Benediction. Bishop Alan paid tribute to the work of the members in East Anglia and Mgr Armitage is very keen to strengthen the links between the Read more

Our Lady of Boulogne comes to Walsingham



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Members of the parish of Boulogne, France, led by their parish priest, Fr Frederic Dominy, processed to the Shrine and the statue of Our Lady of Boulogne was then placed in the sanctuary of the Chapel of Reconciliation. After Mass, Bishop Alan Hopes greeted them and led the short procession to the Slipper Chapel, where the statue remained for the rest of the day. Read more

The Daman Community of Peterborough



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Over 200 members of the Daman Community of Peterborough were also at the midday Mass. Daman was a Portuguese colony in India from 1559-1961 and many Portuguese speaking Indians are now a vibrant force in the catholic community in England. Mgr John Armitage welcomed them as they started their procession to the Shrine.

Marist Pilgrimage



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The Marist Pilgrimage celebrated over 47 years of the Marist Fathers’ and Sisters’ care of the National Shrine. On the appointment of Bishop Alan Williams sm as the Bishop of Brentwood last year, the Marists Fathers decided that they were no longer able to take care of the Shrine, though happily they still care for the parish of Walsingham with its four churches and the Read more

Catholic Herald - The national shrine wants to upgrade its buildings and increase its role in the Church



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The national shrine of Walsingham has launched a £10 million appeal to pay for new buildings and to expand its role in the Church.

The shrine, which dates back to the 11th century, is looking for £6 million to spend on upgrading buildings and accommodation. This would pay for a new cloister, refectory, conference and retreat centre, and new accommodation for the Read more

Annual National Caribbean Pilgrimage



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The Annual National Caribbean Pilgrimage to Walsingham coincided with the celebration of the feast of St Peter and St Paul. After a procession, Mass was celebrated by Fr Daniel Ofere, a priest from Nigeria, who spoke of the wonderful character of the Universal Church. The pilgrimage was joined by a large number of the Punjabi Rosary Group, Coventry.

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