The U.S. friends of Our Lady of Walsingham

The aim of this organisation is to make it easier for American Christians to become members of the Society or Priests Associate of the Holy House.

2017 - Please note that the US Friends of OLW is currently under review. For the present all enquiries, subscription renewals and membership applications should be made using this website. Secure PayPal facilities are available to make payments and donations. Please contact the Membership Secretary (membs@olw-shrine.org.uk) for more information or in the event of difficulties. It is hoped to re-establish the US registered charity "The US Friends of Our Lady of Walsingham" as soon as possible in order to make it easier for American supporters to make donations and leave legacies. More information will follow.

In 1931 Fr Patten restored the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham as the image was translated to the Holy House. In that very same year, with Fr Patten's support, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham was set up in Grace Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It is remarkable that friendship has existed between the Shrine and many Episcopal Christians for so many years.

It was to build on this friendship that the Priest Administrator of the Shrine visited the United States in October, 2003. As well as preaching at Regional Walsingham Festivals in four east coast cities, he announced the launch of a new group, the US Friends of The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The aim of this organisation is to make it easier for American Christians to become members of the Society or Priests Associate of the Holy House. The US Friends is recognised in US law and has tax exemption and a registered office at St Paul's, K Street, Washington DC. The existence of this group will make it far easier to for us to stay in touch with our US membership.