Bishop Alan's Visit to the Parsh
And Walsingham Pilgrimage
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
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
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.