The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was founded by the Lady Richeldis in 1061 and, during its history, has been visited by thousands of pilgrims from across Britain and Europe. Today, around 250,000 pilgrims visit Walsingham each year, as individuals or as parish groups accompanied by their priest. On Friday September 24, a select group of Notre Dame’s staff and students joined them, travelling to Walsingham to be part of the annual Leeds Diocese pilgrimage.
The minibus they shared with St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College, Featherstone, acted as the vanguard for the rest of the Diocese. The students enjoyed getting to know each other, taking part in activities that included night prayer.
On Saturday morning, coaches arrived from all areas of the Leeds Diocese to celebrate Holy Mass at the Shrine located near the Slipper Chapel. After a break for lunch, 200 visiting pilgrims processed along the Holy Mile, concluding with Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the grounds of the Ancient Shrine with Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds.
The last port of call for the Notre Dame delegation was fish and chips at the nearby Norfolk seaside.
Thank you to our Lay Chaplain Andrew Sullivan and Head of Reprographics Jackie Nugent for accompanying our students on this pilgrimage. Mrs. Nugent said, 'It was a very spiritual and uplifting weekend.'
Pictured above are students Ciara Anderson and Chloe Ruane, Bishop Marcus Stock, Andrew Sullivan and Jackie Nugent.
You can read more about the Shrine here.