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S. Mary's, Horden, Co Durham - Walsingham Festival

Saturday 23rd September


Principal Celebrant & Preacher:

Fr Philip Barnes (S. Stephen's, Gloucester Road, London)

Priests Associate of the Holy House of OLW are invited to concelebrate. If doing so, please bring white vestments, plus a cotta and white/gold stole.

Lunch will be served in the Horden Centennial Centre (next to S. Mary's) - Tickets £8 adults, £4 under 16's. Please book by 15th September.

To book lunch and/or to indicate your wish to concelebrate please contact Barbara Varley -

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Adoremus 2017 - at Walsingham 24 - 26 November

Are you a young adult who takes your faith seriously and wants to learn more?


A Weekend of Christian teaching and pilgrimage for students and young adults up to 35 years old - with Fr Grant Naylor (Priest-in-Charge - S. Matthew, Carver Street, Sheffield), Fr Jack Noble (Curate - St Martin, Ruislip, Middx), Fr Ed Morrison (Curate - St Wilfred, Cantley, Doncaster) and Elizabeth Lees (Development Worker of the Sheffield Hickleton Mission Partnership).


Adoremus is a weekend programme at the Shrine specifically designed for students and young adults. The weekend offers opportunities for faith sharing, catechesis, prayer and fellowship. We invite you to join us as we journmey in faith and discipleship to a deeper understandingof Jesus Christ and His Church.

To book your place contact the Hospitality Department email: or tel: 01328 820239. The cost: Students £70; Working Adults £90.

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Walsingham Festival at Chichester Cathedral

Saturday 14th October 2017

Chichester Cathedral and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham look forward to welcoming many pilgrim friends from the south coast for this special day.

12 noon - Sung Eucharist Principal Celebrant: The Rt Revd Philip North (Bishop of Burnley & Master of the Guardians)

Lunch - bring a picnic lunch or use the cathedral's Cloister Cafe

2.30 pm - Sprinkling with Water from the Well at Walsingham and Healing Ministries

3.30 pm - Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

For further details please contact Fr John Eldridge: email -; tel: 01903 247340

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National Pilgrimage 2017

Click here to go to the National Pilgrimage page for a report on the events this year's National weekend.

Father Philip Barnes

It has been announced that Fr Philip Barnes, Interim Priest Administrator of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, has been appointed as Priest-in-Charge of St Stephen’s, Gloucester Road and Mission Advisor for the Fulham Area in the Diocese of London.

Fr Barnes has given outstanding service to the Shrine and especially over the past 18 months during a time of transition and following the appointment of the new Priest Administrator. He will continue to contribute to the work and life of the Shrine as a Guardian of the Holy House.

Fr Barnes will take up his new post in September. His farewell Mass will be in the Shrine Church at Walsingham on the Solemnity of SS Peter & Paul on Thursday 29th June at 11 am, to which all are welcome.

Please pray for him and for those he will serve in London.


This month the Shrine is joining with the Christians from across the United Kingdom and overseas to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

The period of the Church Year that falls between the celebration of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven and the festival of Pentecost is traditionally a time when the Church prays for renewal in its mission and witness. The Archbishop’s of Canterbury and York, together with the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster are encouraging all Christians to use this season to grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus, and to pray for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we may be more effective witnesses to him in our daily lives.

At the Shrine this ecumenical call to prayer will be at the heart of our life in the days leading up to the National Pilgrimage, which will itself be a ‘beacon event’ for the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative.

Beginning after the Pilgrimage Mass at 5pm on Saturday 27th May we’ll be keeping a watch of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament which will be exposed in the Shrine Church for 40 hours. We hope that pilgrim parishes will want to join in this great wave of prayer with us, and to this end we are making available some of the resources we are using here.

You’ll find here the texts for two Masses which could be used as part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ by parishes or Cells of the Society, and there are outline orders for a Vigil Service (which forms the basis of an Ecumenical Vigil Service which will be taking place in Walsingham on Sunday 28th May at 8.15pm) and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament –which could easily be adapted to suit a shorter time frame.

The book of Acts tells us of Mary’s wait with the disciples in the Upper Room for the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost. As we wait for the feast of Pentecost this year we do so with a great sense of excitement and confidence that as we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ together God will transform our Church, our hearts, our lives with his life, and send us out as joyful witnesses.

Click on each title to download:

Vigil Service model (PDF)

Eucharist Propers for The Mission of the Church (PDF)

The 40 Hours Devotion

Eucharist Propers for Mary, Mother of the Mission of the Church

The Rosary - Thy Kingdom Come

Bible Week 2017: Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

Bearer of the Word - Our Lady in Sacred Scripture

At the heart of Walsingham is the proclamation that through Mary's 'Yes' to God "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us". In Jesus we have received God's living Word, who comes to us with gifts of mercy and love.

For centuries pilgrims have made their way to 'England's Nazareth" to experience these gifts in a particular way through prayer for forgiveness, healing, consolation and renewal. Here, with Mary, we strive to respond to God's will. From here, with Mary, we go out to share the gospel.

During this Bible Week we reflect together from study, prayer, worship and stillness on Mary's part in God's plan of Salvation, as revealed in Sacred Scripture.

Keynote Speakers:

The Revd Canon Nicholas Turner (Rector of Broughton (All Saints), Marton & Thornton, North Yorks) - Our Lady in the Old Testament.

The Revd Dr A K M Adam (Senior Tutor, S. Stephen's House, Oxford) - Our Lady in the Gospels

The Revd Dr Peter Anthony (Vicar of S. Benet & All Saints, Kentish Town, London, formerly Junior Dean of S. Stephen's House) - Our Lady in the Apocalypse.

Full Cost: £223; children under 16 and students: £102

Click here for an information/application brochure.


New Shrine Priest takes up appointment at Walsingham

Fr Andreas Wenzel, currently Assistant Curate at S. Peter’s, Horbury with S. John Horbury Bridge, Wakefield, has been appointed as the new Shrine Priest of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in succession to Fr Graham Lunn, who is moving to be PiC of S. Michael, Beckenham.

Fr Andreas, who is married to Zoe, trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford before being ordained in 2014 into the Diocese of Leeds. The couple have two young children, Miriam and Robert.

The Shrine Priest works with the Priest Administrator by providing priestly support and spiritual nourishment to pilgrims, tourists and visitors.

The Priest Administrator, Fr Kevin Smith, said ”I am very pleased indeed that Fr Andreas has agreed to come and join us at Walsingham and I know he will bring very special gifts which will be warmly received by those to whom he will minister.” He added: “I am particularly delighted that the new Shrine Priest will work alongside and develop further our ministry to children, schools and young people.”

Fr Andreas added: “Coming here with a young family it will be a great privilege to live next door to the Holy House in such close proximity to the Holy Family of Nazareth. I am delighted that the next phase of my priestly ministry is in this inspiring setting equipping me in different ways for the mission in God’s church.”

The new Shrine Priest will be licensed by the Bishop of Norwich in his chapel on Saturday 4th March and welcomed later that day at Mass in the Shrine at 12 noon

Bishop John Salt OGS

News of the death of Bishop John Salt OGS on 7th February has been received with great sadness by all who loved him as a bishop, pastor and friend. His ministry was marked by a true love for people, whatever their age or background, and by a wisdom and humour that many enjoyed and will always remember. He was a faithful and devoted Bishop of St Helena, and since moving to Walsingham he has made many friends amongst Shrine staff, pilgrims and villagers. He will be greatly missed. The funeral, followed by burial in the churchyard, was held on Saturday 25th February.

May Our Lady of Walsingham pray for him, and may he rest in the peace of his Risen Lord.

Plans Announced for National Pilgrimage 2017

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa OFM.Cap, Preacher to the Papal Household, will be the guest preacher at the 2017 National Pilgrimage on Monday, 29th May. The National weekend will feature 40 hours of prayer (starting on Saturday, 27th) including an ecumenical vigil in S. Mary's Parish Church, Little Walsingham on the Sunday evening.

The event is the Shrine's response to Thy Kingdom Come, a global prayer movement which the Archbishop of Canterbury is inviting people around the world to join. The wave of prayer will start in May and run for 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. (

The Anglican Bishop of Norwich (The Rt Revd Graham James) and the Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia (The Rt Revd Alan Hopes) will join prayers for the unity of the Church. The celebrant at the National Pilgrimage will be The Bishop of Chichester (The Rt Revd Martin Warner).

The Shrine's Priest Administrator, Fr Kevin Smith, is looking forward to welcome Fr Cantalamessa on his first visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and hopes that pilgrims from all over the country will be present on this significant day in the life of the Shrine as part of its witness to the nation.

The Bishop of Burnley (The Rt Revd Philip North), Master of the Guardians commented - "Each day at Walsingham we ask Mary's prayers for 'the conversion of England'. This year, we will be more aware than ever of making that prayer in thecompany of the whole church. It is really exciting that the National Pilgrimage will be a Beacon event in Thy Kingdom Come, a massive and international wave of prayer for the evangelisation of our land. It will be an amazing privilege to welcome Fr Cantalamessa as a guest of the Anglican Shrine. I hope that all who love Walsingham will want to make the pilgrimage that day - and that those unable to be there will join us in prayer."

For full details of the National Pilgrimage Weekend click here.

The Liverpool Cathedral Walsingham Festival

Saturday 17th September 2016

Called, like Mary, to be God Bearers, Pointing People to Jesus

Thank you to Roger Stanforth, the OLW cell secretary at S. Luke's Church, Southport for the following report.

For several weeks prior to the Festival notice was published in our weekly newsletter. Transport and personal time tables were consulted and the decision made to travel in separate groups. The OLW standard was removed from its mounting wall brackets in the church and given a full overhaul with all parts polished and cleaned. All members arrived at the Cathedral on Festival Day at approximately 0900 am, a fortunate time as there were few other arrivals that early. Hence the two front pews in the northern side were selected as the base for our days activities.
It is not possible for a Christian not to be inspired with esteem for the splendour of the building. Its influence is certainly soothing to the soul. Every one took advantage of the pilgrimage to view the preparations for the day's services and activities.

Prior to the Festival getting underway, the standard bearers were asked to report at “the well” - this being the depressed flooring at the west end. We imagined a group of many standards as per a parade, but alas there were only three of us. St. Luke’s was pleased to be offered the position to lead the Clergy Procession which was accepted.

After a brief introduction by the Dean of Liverpool Cathedral, the Very Revd Pete Wilcox, the service opened with the grand entrance of Our Lady of Walsingham, carried through the west door of the cathedral. In procession were the Bishops, the Guardians of the Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham, clergy and standard bearers from a number of parishes present at the festival. What a wonderful spectacle of catholic reverence and beauty! This was accompanied by an interesting mix of mainly calypso type band music, including a beautiful calypso litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The opening address was given by the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, who gave some very amusing anecdotes from his time as an assistant curate in Whitley Bay. His training incumbent was nicknamed Father ‘Blue Peter’ given his tendency for the occasional profanity, or two! The serious core of his message given by Bishop Paul was that despite Father Peter’s exterior, some might judgementally say ‘inappropriate’ behaviour, Father Peter had a heart modelled on the love of Jesus, and it was this Godly love that shone through everything he did. This love which Our Lady demonstrated also when accepting her mission to bear the Christ child. This concluded with the liturgies of sprinkling with Walsingham water, and the ministries of laying on of hands, and anointing at various places around the nave of the Cathedral.

These devotions were followed by a spiritually uplifting keynote address from the Rt Revd Martin, Bishop of Chichester, (the then) Master of the Guardians (of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham), who further examined the role of Mary who calls us all also to be God bearers in all that we do, thus pointing people to Jesus. The morning devotions were made complete with a wonderful concelebrated Mass, with the chief celebrant being Bishop Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverly. Throughout the day we had Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (Eucharistic adoration) at the High Altar, and the sacrament of reconciliation in the Chancel, as well as various other workshops and activities which could be participated in.

Luncheon was by personal choice. Some brought “rations”, others took advantage of the on site catering. Outside the building it was rather breezy and chilly (it always is, whatever the season). It did not take much effort to return and take advantage of the shop and stalls. Many viewed the wonders of the architects and masons.

After lunch there was an exhilarating address by the Rt Revd Bishop Philip North, Bishop of Burnley, on the topic of ‘Sacramental Evangelism’ and how we as catholics within the church need to re-think what we have historically been good at, showing through our living faith, and the real presence of our Lord in word and sacrament, hoe we can bring people to, and nurture them in, their faith.

The festival ended with Evensong and Benediction, enhanced by a wonderful traditional choral accompaniment.

It was not just a spiritually invigorating and enjoyable day but also an excellent testament and witness to Our Lady and our true catholic and apostolic faith.


News from the KwaHilda Orphanage in South Africa

For several years the Year For God team visited a township near Durban - the parish church of S. Paul, Umlazi and the KwaHilda orphanage (near Newcastle, KwaZulu - Natal). Both Fr Stephen Gallagher (the Shrine's former Assistant Administrator) and Bishop Lindsay Urwin established a strong link with the orphanage and pilgrims to Shrine generously made donations to support the work of KwaHilda. In the past couple of years the orphanage staff have experienced severe shortages of money for food and the possibility of losing their building. Many Shrine members have continued to send regular donations to help the staff and children survive. Fr Stephen (now in Enfield) has forwarded a recent letter from the orphanage director thanking all those who contributed to the donation which the Shrine co-ordinated and sent in November 2016.


December 1, 2016

Dear Fr Stephen

On behalf of KwaHilda Ongcwele Community Care Centre’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC),Home Base Care (HBC) patients, volunteers and staff; I want to thank you for the recent donation of R17, 285.28 received on the 14th of November 2016.

KwaHilda Ongcwele Community Care Center is a Non Profit Organization (NPO # 030-585) which depends heavily upon donations from community partners. Your donations provide the children in Osizweni, who bear the brunt of the impact of HIV/AIDS, a chance to develop into healthy, responsible, productive citizens of The Republic of South Africa.  Thank you for your investment in our children who are the future of our community and our country.

The staff and the children of KwaHilda are very pleased to hear the news about the purchase of the house that we are using at the moment. There are no words to express how happy we are that finally we will have a place that we call ours. Give our thanks to everybody who made this happen.

Yes we are facing a difficult in terms of funding for food for the children. The Department of Social Development has reduced the number of children to be fed to 15 for 3 months, thereafter we admit new ones.

We are happy to say that the money has finally been deposited; we are going to keep you informed about how we have used it

Blessed is the hand that gives than the one that receive. Thank You - God Bless

Sincerely, Thembi Maphanga (Project Manager)



If you would like make a donation towards the running of the orphanage please send it to the Membership Office, The Milner Wing, Common Place, Walsingham NR22 6BP. Online donations can be made using this website. Go to The Shrine/Prayer Requests and use the 'Make a Donation" facility to make a payment. It helps us if you also send an email to informing us of your donation.

For further information about the Year 4 God teams 2015 South African visit, please go to What's New.


Fr Kevin Smith welcomed as Priest Administrator

The Shrine Church was packed on Saturday, November 5th, as Father Kevin Smith was welcomed as the new Priest Administrator of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Bishop of Norwich, The Rt Revd Graham James, also welcomed Father Kevin to the Diocese of Norwich and urged the congregation to give thanks for "the security of our worship in this Shrine Church today".

The Bishop said those present were surely inspired by the martyrs of previous generations and reminded them that "Walsingham has not always been a place of security and comfort over the years." Bishop Graham said that the new Priest Administrator was already "familiar with the village and community" and light-heartedly suggested that “He knows it so well, (as a Guardian) and he still wants to come here!"

The Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North, Master of the Guardians, then welcomed Father Kevin in his new role and installed him in his seat in the Shrine Church. Bishop Philip said: "Mary listened to the Word of God and kept it. Will you seek the will of God as she did and by your teaching encourage those who come on pilgrimage to this holy place to do the same?"

Special readings and hymns were chosen for the Eucharist which followed. The service was attended by the Guardians, visiting bishops and priests, family and friends of Father Kevin, resident pilgrims and members of the Shrine staff as well as by former parishioners of new Priest Administrator from Horden in Co. Durham.

A special luncheon party took place after the service for all those who attended the service - a Hog-Roast! A large marquee in the Shrine gardens and the Refectory accommodated the many guests and shielded them from the capricious and bitter Arctic weather that swept across Norfolk on the day.


(Photographs - from the top: Fr Kevin welcomes members of the congregation before the service begins; The Bishop of Norwich licensing Fr Kevin who is supported by the Master of the Guardians; The Shrine Priest, Fr Graham and the Hog-Roast. Many more photographs (taken by Graham Howard, the Shrine's Honorary Photographer) can be found in the Shrine's Photo Album. Click here to visit.)


News from the October 2016 Guardians' Chapter Meeting

The Bishop of Burnley, The Rt Revd Philip North, has been elected as the new Master of the Guardians of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. He succeeds the Bishop of Chichester, The Rt Revd Martin Warner, who has completed his three terms as Master.

Other appointments made by Chapter were The Revd Andrew Mitcham (Vicar of Walsingham, Houghton St Giles and the Barshams) to be the Registrar of the College of Guardians (in succession to Fr Kevin Smith) and The Revd Philip Barnes (the current Interim Priest Administrator) to be a Guardian.

Bishop Philip North is no stranger to Walsingham. He was appointed a Guardian of the Shrine in 2000. From 2002 to 2008 he was Priest Administrator at the Shrine and from 2004 to 2007 was also Priest-in-Charge of Hempton and Pudding Norton in the diocese of Norwich. His appointment as Master comes just a few weeks before Father Kevin Smith takes over as Priest Administrator from Father Philip Barnes who has been Interim Administrator during 2016.

He said today: “It is an immense honour to become Master of the Guardians and to be able to offer service once again to a place which has brought conversion, healing and refreshment to so many pilgrims over the years. He added: “This is an exciting time for the Shrine with a new Priest Administrator about to start and some really good plans for the new season. I look forward to doing all I can to support Fr Kevin and the College of Guardians in their work in ensuring that England’s Nazareth continues to be a place where all can meet Mary’s child, the source of life and salvation.”

After studying at York University, Bishop Philip trained for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He served his curacy at S. Mary and S. Peter, Sunderland in the Diocese of Durham from 1992 to 1996. Since 1997 he has been involved with the Company of Mission Priests. From 1996 to 2002 he was Vicar of Holy Trinity, Hartlepool in the Durham Diocese and from 2000 to 2002 he was Area Dean of Hartlepool.

In 2008 Bishop Philip became Team Rector of the Parish of Old S. Pancras in the Diocese of London and was appointed as Bishop of Burnley, in the Diocese of Blackburn, in 2014.


A New Badge to help the Lantern Appeal

The Lantern Badge is designed to be a companion to the 950 badge which proved very popular with members. This new badge - based on Michael Coles' Milner Wing window is darker in mood.

Owls do scrike where the sweetest hymns
Lately were sung;
Toads and serpents hold their dens
Where the palmers did throng.

So runs one of the verses of the Lament for Our Lady's Shrine at Walsingham (often attributed to Blessed Philip Howard, Earl of Arundel). The poet writing in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, reflects on the destruction of the Shrine by the former "Prince of Walsingham" - Henry VIII - with his reformation of the english Church.


The badge shows the Shrine Church resting on the outstretched hand of Fr Patten. But "dark night has come down" on the Shrine Church - and whilst toads may not yet be hopping across the chancel or owls screeching in the nave - there is a very large hole in the rotten timbers of the lantern tower. The sale of this badge to members could raise over £8,000 for the Lantern Appeal.




The new badge costs £10 - and is only available to Priests/Deacons Associate, Walsingham Partners and members of the Society of OLW. Click here to buy a badge using the Appeal page on this website.

Work on the Shrine Church

The west front of the Shrine Church has been successfully re-plastered and re-painted. However, major work is now required on the roof lantern above the chancel. A very heavy spell of rain recently caused a flood of water to shower the altar party during a recent celebration of Mass. External scaffolding will be required and as well as repairing the leaks, the opportunity will be taken to treat the lantern timbers and repaint.

When work commenced on repairing and refurbishing the Shrine Church lantern it quickly became apparent that, rather than requiring modest repairs to make the whole thing watertight, a major structural renewal is going to be necessary to make the lantern safe. Much of the wood of which it is constructed has rotted and urgently needs replacing. Panes of glass are in danger of falling out. As this is going to be a very expensive undertaking, preparations are afoot to launch a mini-appeal to pilgrims, supporters and members to request their help. Please click here to visit the Appeal page and see how you can help.

New Priest Administrator announced . . .

Father Kevin Smith, Vicar of Horden in the Diocese of Durham, is to be the new Priest Administrator of the Anglican Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham.

Fr Smith has been appointed by the Guardians to oversee the next phase of the Shrine’s witness and development.  In order to undertake the day to day ministry at the Shrine he will be licensed by the Bishop of Norwich, Graham James,cementing a strong relationship with the local diocese.

The Shrine is currently overseen by interim Priest Administrator Father Philip Barnes who today welcomed news of Father Smith's appointment: "I am sure that Father Kevin will be made extremely welcome by staff and pilgrims and, because he knows the Shrine so well, he will soon be at home."

The Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, (former) Master of the Guardians, said he was "absolutely delighted " that Fr Kevin had agreed to be appointed Priest Administrator: “Walsingham is a hugely important place of conversion, devotion and healing, for people across Britain and beyond.  Distinctively within the Church of England, Walsingham points us to the indispensable contribution that Mary makes to the gospel of her Son Jesus Christ. It also reminds us how much we have in common with other Christians, especially our Roman Catholic and Orthodox brothers and sisters.  In Fr Kevin we have a wise and experienced priest who will draw on his parochial ministry in the north and his knowledge of the Shrine as a Guardian.  We are deeply indebted to Fr Philip Barnes for his sensitive care and generosity of spirit in the months that he has been the interim Priest Administrator.”

After studying at Westminster College, Oxford Father Smith trained for the priesthood at Chichester Theological College and was ordained priest in 1993. He served in parishes in Worksop and in South Yorkshire before moving to the north east in 2003.

"I will miss my parish and parishioners very much indeed, but there is a strong tradition of pilgrimage to Walsingham from Horden, so it will not be goodbye for ever. I feel enormously privileged to have been asked to accept the post of Priest Administrator" said Father Kevin today.

He added: "I am both daunted and excited. It is a huge responsibility. But it is certainly a challenge I feel ready to take on."

Fr Kevin was invited to join the Shrine’s College of Guardians in 2002 whilst Vicar of St Hugh’s Church, New Cantley, Doncaster. Both New Cantley and subsequently – from 2003 – S. Mary’s Church, Horden, under Fr Kevin’s leadership, have been regular pilgrim parishes.

The Horden Cell of OLW has always been a generous donor to all the various Shrine appeals and in recent years, the Horden Walsingham Festival in September each year has not only raised awareness of Our Lady in the north of England, but has also raised considerable sums of money for the Shrine.

In 2004 with the then Administrator, Fr Philip North, Fr Kevin played a major part in putting together the great festival of Our Lady of Walsingham visiting institutions (a school, hospital, airport, prison etc) around the country. This festival culminated in the wonderful service in York Minster – broadcast the next day on Radio 4.

When Fr Michael Whitehead retired as the Guardian Registrar in 2008, Fr Kevin was the obvious choice to take over this important role.

A keen walker and cook, who also likes travelling and entertaining, Father Kevin will say goodbye to his parishioners in the early autumn before moving to Norfolk.

Walking the Walsingham Way

After an early morning Eucharist in St Saviour’s Chapel led by the bishop, Fr Philip along with a group of 9 pilgrims led by Canon Peter Doll set out from Norwich Cathedral for the inaugural ‘Walsingham Way’ pilgrimage.
Canon Doll has been researching the route that may have been taken by our medieval forebears as they walked from Norwich across Norfolk to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and working with partners across the county hopes that this route might soon become an established path, encouraging long distance walkers to make the journey across glorious countryside to England’s Nazareth.

As the route leaves the city it passes the site of ‘Walsingham Priors’, once the town house of the Augustinian Priory of Our Lady of Walsingham. It is likely that the ‘old’ route followed along the River Wensum, and a path now known as ‘Marriotts Way’ makes a surprising rural route from the city centre out into the countryside as far as Taverham.

The Walsingham Way then passes the beautiful church of Ringland, with a glorious medieval clerestory and angel roof, and Weston Longville with its associations with the diarist ‘Parson Woodforde’ (and a jolly good pub for lunch!). At Lyng a solitary flint wall in a field is all that remains of a convent that once offered hospitality to pilgrims, and local maps still record the path as ‘Walsingham Way’.

Day 1 of the walk ended after 15 miles of walking at Elsing, and an opportunity to ‘glamp’ before walking the final 12 miles the next day. This leg of the Way passes North Elmham, site of the Saxon Cathedral for East-Anglia (moved by the Normans to Norwich in 1095), Great Ryburgh and enters Walsingham via Great and Little Snoring.  

A delightful route, using quiet lanes and paths, work is now underway to establish and promote the route to visitors and pilgrims alike. So if you are looking for a more challenging way to arrive on your pilgrimage, why not give it a go!


Flying the Flag

To celebrate HM The Queen's 90th birthday, the Shrine has a new flag to fly on special occasions. All churches in England have the right to fly the flag of S. George with the appr0priate diocesan coat of arms in the top corner. Because the Shrine Church is a "peculiar" (i.e. not a part of the diocese of Norwich) the new flag has the Guardians' coat of arms where normally the diocesan arms would appear.

The Guardians have their own full-size flag which is flown at Chapter Meetings and on other occasions they are in residence. The new flag of S. George has been flying since the Queen's actual birthday in April and will hopefully make regular appearances on the flag-pole by the Shrine Church at great ecclesiastical and national festivals.


From Walsingham to Enfield

After eight years of outstanding ministry at the Shrine it has been announced that Canon Stephen Gallagher is to take up the post of Parish Priest of Ss. Peter and Paul, Enfield Lock in the Diocese of London. Under Fr Stephen’s gentle and cheerful care the Shrine has expanded its ministry to young people and, in particular, he has been responsible for the Yr4God Scheme which has had such a transforming impact on so many young lives. He’s also headed up the Youth Pilgrimage with great enthusiasm and humour, and has been a hugely loved Assistant Administrator.

Fr Stephen will be licensed as Priest-in-Charge at a Sung Mass on the Feast of the Transfiguration, Saturday, 6th August 2016. All are most welcome to attend this celebration.

Fr Stephen and Judith will be greatly missed in Walsingham, and the people of Ss. Peter & Paul, Enfield Lock will soon find themselves greatly blessed.

Congratulations to Welcome Centre Steward . . .

. . . Pam Miller who on Saturday 4th June 2016 abseiled down the side of Guy's Hospital in London to raise money for the hospital's new cancer treatment unit. Pam (now an incredibly active 86 year old) trained as a nurse at Guy's in the late 1940's/early 50's. So far her abseiling exploits have raised well over £1,000.

Pam decided this adventure was going to be her 2016 Duke of Edinburgh "Diamond Challenge". This is a challenge to people of all ages to undertake something that they wouldn't normally dream of doing to celebrate the 60 years the young people's Duke of Edinburgh Award has been in existence. Pam is now the proud possessor of the special DOE Diamond Pin awarded to those who challenge themselves in this way.

Pam has been a Welcome Centre Steward since it opened in 2008 and on Wednesday afternoons can be found greeting visitors and assisting with Sprinkling in the Shrine Church.

(Pam about to launch herself off the roof of Guy's Hospital)


The Walsingham Pilgrim Manual - 2016

For the past few years the Shrine has produced an annual Pilgrim Manual specifically tailored to each year's particular Marian theme. For 2016 a return has been made to the larger, more comprehensive manual which was last produced in 2005 and used until 2011. This new edition of the manual is intended to be used for the next few years and is appropriate for use both whilst on pilgrimage to the Shrine and also back home within parishes and Cells of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The manual contains a good selection of 40 (mostly) Marian hymns in addition to those hymns used at specific liturgies (Stations of the Cross, Benediction etc.)

Two sizes of manual are available - the standard, pocket size and the large-print version. Both cost £2.00 and are available from Reception or the Shrine Shop.


Holy House Lamps and Membership Payments

Understandably with the growth of personal online banking and the ability to set up one’s own Standing Orders and to make a BACS (Bankers Automated Clearing Services) payment, many members are choosing to use this quick and efficient facility. But – and it’s a big but – you must ensure that the payment reference is sufficiently informative for us in Walsingham to identify from whom the payment has come. The only information we receive is the reference you give when setting up a standing order or a BACS payment. Unfortunately, we have a small number of regular payments that we are unable to identify. Thank you for the payments, but we wish we knew who you are! There is also a common misunderstanding about the Payee (or Payment) Reference.  It is not intended to provide you the donor with information. You get that from the Payee Name that you enter; we get the Payee Reference - which tells us about you. So please don't put WCTA Ltd (or Shrine, Walsingham, Holy House etc.) in the reference. We know who we are! We want to know who you are.

If you wish to pay the annual donation for a Holy House lamp then please use our lamp reference number which you will find on the annual reminder letter. A reference such as Lamp 104 is all we need to identify who the payment is from and what it is for.

With payments for the Society, Partnership, Priests Associate – and also payments to the Hospitality Department (deposits, etc.) – please include in the reference the following abbreviations as appropriate – Soc, Part, PAHH, Dep – and as much of your name and location as possible. Don’t waste valuable reference space using titles; Mr and Mrs Freddy Fanshawe arrives on our bank statements as “Mr and Mrs Fr”which is not much help, whereas F. Fanshawe is much more helpful. To be super-efficient, telephone the Membership Office (01328 820582) and we will give you a short reference number which will instantly identify you. Leave a message (if we’re not there) and we will call you back.





Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

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Monday 5th - Friday 9th February

Programme to be announced

Fr Roger Davison R.I.P.

The news of the death of Fr Roger Davison on 24th April has been received by the Shrine. Fr Davison was elected as a Priest Guardian of the Holy House in 1964, and served the Shrine with distinction. He was made a Guardian Emeritus in 2005.

A photograph from c.1964 of Fr Roger (from the Guardians' Gallery).

Fr Michael Whitehead (Registrar of the College of Guardians from 1985-2009) writes:

Canon Roger Davison C.M.P. has died at the ripe old age of 97 at the College of S. Barnabas, Lingfield.  Though a Canon of Manchester Cathedral and a Guardian of the Holy House since 1964, he was universally known as Father Roger.

Like so many of his generation he was caught up in the Second World War.  He served in the Army and while in the Middle East he offered himself for the Priesthood and when demobbed went for training with the Society of the Sacred Mission at Kelham, near Newark.

Fr Roger ministered in only two parishes: St. Augustine’s Tonge Moor, in Bolton, both as Curate and then Vicar.  He may have thought he would remain there, but a terrible road accident caused the death of the Vicar of Higham Ferrers on his way home from Walsingham.  So Fr Roger succeeded him.

A master craftsman as a parish priest he was just the sort of priest Fr Colin Stephenson wanted in the College of Guardians.  A lifelong pilgrim and the leader of countless parish pilgrimages, he loved Our Lady and was welcome in many parishes for his arresting homilies and outgoing personality.

He was famous for his parish magazine articles.  None of your staid ‘Views from the Vicarage’, but racy  and hilarious comments with a full faith punch line.  He was still writing them until a month or so ago!

Fr Roger worked closely with the late Lord Norton, a fellow Guardian, in the care and development of Parcevall Hall in Yorkshire, with its Retreat House and famous gardens created by Sir William Milner


Fr Roger’s Funeral Mass will take place later this month in the Chapel of the College of St Barnabas, Lingfield. A Memorial Requiem Mass will be offered for him at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham on Tuesday 3rd October at 12 noon, to which all are welcome.

Jesu, mercy. Mary, pray.


The Shrine's Honorary Photographer, Graham Howard, has come up with a splendid idea. From the vast number of photographs he has taken during this year, he has selected his favourite images and made them available to everyone on a special Photo Gallery website. This gallery will be updated regularly  - i.e. the National Pilgrimage 2009 photos will replace those of 2008 - providing a complete view of a pilgrimage year. Click here to visit the Photo Gallery portal and then proceed to the gallery proper.

Chapel of Prayer for Young People

The Chapel of St Thomas and Philip Neri dedicated to the mystery of the finding of Jesus in the Temple when he was 12 years old, has been set aside as a place where pilgrims and visitors are invited to pray for young people.

Pilgrims and visitors are invited to kneel before the altar with the depiction of the soon to be teenage Jesus above and pray the following prayer:

Lord, send your blessing upon the young people of the world and protect them from the false shepherds of this passing age. Give to them a gift of discernment and the gift of faith, that like your Son, they may increase in wisdom and in stature and in favour with you and with all humankind.
To your Church and all who would seek an influence in their lives, give a profound sense of love and respect and a renewed desire to serve and encourage the young as they live the great adventure, which is the very gift of life entrusted to us all. Amen

A lovely new book available from the Shrine Shop which has been produced to help pilgrims get the most out of the rather different Beatitude Stations, which can be found around the cloisters near the round tower in the Shrine gardens. The artist Jane Quail - using the Beatitudes from St Matthew's gospel to explore the Passion of Christ - has created a beautiful series of plaques. The book contains prayers and meditations specially written by Fr Bruce Carlin and there are splendid photographs by Graham Howard to accompany each station.  This book only costs £3.95 and is worth having even if you are unlikely to visit Walsingham and the Beatitude Stations in the near future. This book can be bought on-line.

The Holy House Mass Book

A new edition has recently been published by the Shrine. This contains the six Shrine Masses, plus The Solemnity of OLW and the Feast of the Trans-

Also included are the forms of service for admission to the Society of OLW, setting up a Cell of OLW and setting up a Shrine of OLW.

Copies can be obtained from the Shrine Shop price £3.50 - order directly on-line; go to Shrine Shop/On-line.




One suspects that most pilgrims to Walsingham are only too glad to leave their computers at home or at work and escape for a day or so from the hassle of emails and internet searches.

However, there are those who sometimes need to check their emails whilst away from base and in order to help those pilgrim, we have installed various WiFi Hotspots around the Shrine - in Norton's Café Bar, Reception, the Green Room in Stella Maris, the Orangery and S. Augustine's (library and study bedrooms).







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