The seventh annual two-day-long St Wilfrid’s Way Camino returns on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October!
The pilgrimage route, which stretches from Leeds to Ripon has a distinct Laudato Si’ focus, going through some of the most beautiful natural environment as well as visiting notable sites of Catholic history and heritage within our Diocese, of which St Wilfrid is one of our Patrons, along with Our Lady of Unfailing Help.
Beginning at 8am on the Friday with a Pilgrims’ Mass at Leeds Cathedral, the journey will continue onward to the first day’s destination: the mediaeval Chapel of Our Lady of the Crag in Knaresborough with its rockery garden comprised entirely of Marian plants and flowers.
Highlights of the second day include St Joseph’s Church and historic Presbytery at Bishop Thornton (the oldest Mass House in the Diocese), and the Recusant Catholic site, Markenfield Hall, plus calling in at Ripon Cathedral, built on the site where 1350 years ago this year, St Wilfrid first consecrated his basilica.
The pilgrimage ends with a Vigil Mass at the stunning Catholic Church of St Wilfrid in Ripon.
Pilgrims are welcome to join any part of this pilgrimage and the 5.30pm Vigil Mass in Ripon – but as this is a fully risk-assessed pilgrimage, anyone intending to walk should first register their interest by emailing Rowan Morton-Gledhill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Very excitingly, Diocesan Communications has recently been contacted by author, pilgrim and former Caritas Social Action Network CEO, Dr Philip McCarthy. He wants to use St Wilfrid’s Way as a model for founding (or in many cases, re-founding) walking routes between Catholic Cathedrals and local Shrines in dioceses across the land! Watch these news pages for more details …!