Bishop Alan's Visit to the Parsh

And Walsingham Pilgrimage

July 2017

Pilgrimage to Walsingham


On Saturday 22nd July members of the parish of English Martyrs, Danbury and Holy Trinity, SWF took part in a pilgrimage to Walsingham along with more than 3,000 other Catholics from the Diocese of Brentwood.

The event was organised to celebrate the Centenary of the Diocese and was led by the Rt Rev Alan Williams sm, Bishop of Brentwood.

People travelled from all over the diocese to take part in the pilgrimage, which began at the Slipper Chapel with the dedication of the Diocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The sun came out for a picnic lunch, before the pilgrims gathered to silently walk the Holy Mile, trod by so many over hundreds of years.

At 3pm Bishop Alan celebrated Mass in the Abbey ruins with Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia and Abbot Hugh Allan from Our Lady Immaculate in Chelmsford. Fortunately, the rain held off until the end.

Danbury parishioner Lyn Collins said: “The pilgrimage was so well-organised – a lovely coming together of all ages. I felt quite emotional when we were having Mass at the ruins, thinking of all the people over the years who have suffered for their faith – and how lucky we are that we can practise freely today.”



Conformation of young People

Earlier in the month Bishop Alan Williams paid a pastoral visit to English Martyrs Church in Danbury to confirm 11 adults and young people.