On Saturday 30 September, the day Bishop Marcus and the other participants gathered in Rome for the Synod, Mgr. Andrew Summersgill VG led the annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady at Walsingham. Some 250 pilgrims from parishes, schools and colleges across the diocese journeyed to North Norfolk, arriving in time for for mid-day Mass. The afternoon Procession followed the Pilgrim Way from the Shrine into Walsingham village where there was Evening Prayer and Benediction in the Priory Grounds.
The 2023 Pilgrimage also marked the seventy fifth anniversary of a great National Pilgrimage to the ancient Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. It was a Pilgrimage of Prayer and Penance for Peace and 400 pilgrims carried fourteen crosses from different points across England, the groups averaging 212 miles each. They carried their crosses throughout the country, accepting the hospitality and shelter of parishes on their way, erecting their crosses inside the parish churches on their overnight stops.
They arrived in Walsingham on 15 July 1948, the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The crosses were carried to the Slipper Chapel. After Mass the crosses were carried along the Holy Mile to the ruins of the ancient Walsingham Priory. The crosses now stand in the grounds of the National Shrine where they form an outdoor Stations of the Cross. The cross which was carried from the steps of Leeds Cathedral to Walsingham, via South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, and North Norfolk (a journey of 217 miles) forms the Thirteenth Station: The Body of Jesus is taken down from the Cross. On the day of the pilgrimage a special garland was placed on the Leeds cross.
A gallery of photographs from the pilgrimage can be viewed here https://www.patricksicephotography.co.uk/blog/pilgrimage-to-walsingham