The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Bishop Marcus, took place on Saturday 28 September. As usual coachloads of pilgrims made the long journey from Yorkshire to North Norfolk and fortunately, for the most part, the weather behaved itself.
The day followed the long-established pattern – starting with Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation at the National Shrine of Our Lady, followed by the Procession into Walsingham village and then Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Vespers and Benediction in the Priory Grounds, the site of the medieval shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.
This year’s event was noteworthy for the large number of young people from diocesan schools and colleges who took part and for the homily given during the Mass by our newest priest, Fr Ben Hilton. It focused on the place of Walsingham in English Catholic history and the rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary in 2020, and was warmly commended afterwards by the Director of the Shrine, Mgr John Armitage.
The photos from the 2019 Pilgrimage are available at https://www.patricksicephotography.co.uk/blog/walsingham-2019