- Local Cells of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham offer
pilgrims to Walsingham an opportunity to strengthen and renew
the spiritual benefits of their pilgrimage. The Cell should be a
focus of prayer for all within the parish or institution in
which it is based. It may also be the means of encouraging
others to go on pilgrimage, providing those in need with
material and personal assistance where possible
- Local Cells are asked to observe the feasts of the
Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and the Assumption of Our Lady
(August 15), together with the remembrance of the translation of the
image of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Parish Church to the
present Shrine in 1931 (October 15). On these days in particular
local Cells are asked to pray for the work of the Shrine, and to
give thanks for its witness to the mystery of the incarnation. If
possible the Cell may meet more frequently to offer Mass for the
Shrine and for the objects of the Society:
To honour Mary, the Mother of God and to deepen faith in the
incarnation of Our Lord.
To promote devotion to Our Lady and pilgrimage to Walsingham.
To further, with the aid of Our Lady's prayers, the conversion of
the nations and the re-union of Christendom.
To seek holiness of life through prayer, the scriptures and the
Members of the Society are asked to say the Angelus each day.
- A Cell may be set up wherever it has the support of the incumbent
of the parish or head of the institution in which it is to be based.
- Permission for the setting up of a Cell is given by the Superior
General of the Society, the Priest Administrator of the Shrine, who
issues the Cell certificate which bears the seal of the College of
- i) Seven members of the Society are required for the setting up of
- ii) In addition each Cell should have a local Superior who must be a
Priest Associate of the Holy House and be nominated to the Superior
General for his approval by the seven members of the Society seeking
to set up the local Cell. If the nominated local Superior is not the
incumbent of the parish or head of the institution in which the Cell
is to be based, the nomination should be made with the incumbent's
or head's permission.
- iii) Each Cell should appoint a secretary from among its members. The
secretary is responsible for keeping a list of members of the local
Cell and notifying the Society's Membership Secretary of any changes
in the Cell's membership.
- A local Cell should be placed under the patronage of a saint or
saints and thus named: The Cell of the Holy House of Our Lady of
Walsingham and Saint(s) N (and N).
- The Cell Secretary may collect the annual subscriptions and
forward them to the Membership Secretary in Walsingham. Funds
generated for the running of the local Cell should be vested in the PCC or equivalent body.
- If an incumbent or head of the institution in which a Cell is
based withdraws permission for its existence, or for any other
reason the Cell cannot continue, the Cell Secretary should notify
the Membership Secretary. If it is subsequently possible to restore
a Cell, a request should be made using the form and requirements for
setting up anew Cell. Anew Cell certificate will be issued, if
- When necessary, in exceptional circumstances, the Superior
General may withdraw permission for the existence of a Cell or, in
accordance with 5.2, appoint a new Superior.
For a request form to set up a Cell click here.