The Youth Pilgrimage

2019 Youth Pilgrimage:


Monday 29th July – Friday 2nd August:


Wonderfully Made

- Your Body, Christ's Body


Pilgrimage led by The Bishop of Burnley (The Right Revd Philip North)


Click here for a PDF version of the 2019 Youth Pilgrimage brochure.


We're looking for Volunteers . . .

Would you be interested in being part of the Youth Pilgrimage Ministry Team? Or joining the important Stewards' team? The Shrine is looking for volunteers (18+ years) to assist with 2019 Youth Pilgrimage. If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity click here for an information sheet.



In 2018, hundreds of young people were able to make the journey to Walsingham for the annual Youth Pilgrimage because of the prayers and financial support of hundreds of 'Godparents' - pilgrims and friends who raised £16,000. If you would like to support young people in this way in 2019, click here for full information about the 'Godparents' scheme and how to make a donation.


Fr Philip O’Reilly reports on the day . . .


On Saturday 23rd March a wonderful Walsingham Youth Day was held at S. Hugh’s church, Eyre’s Monsell, attracting young people from across the diocese and further afield – with some travelling from as far as Luton and Leeds.

Over the six hours we were together, the young people – many with no or limited church background – enjoyed contemporary worship led by Jo Boyce and the CJM Band and a Bible Study which encouraged us to be like Mary in our everyday faith and to trust God when we have to make difficult decisions.

As well as wonderful food at lunchtime, there were also workshops and finally a Youth Mass in the style of the worship that takes place during the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage. In the talk given at the Mass the young people were challenged to be everyday disciples for Jesus.

The day was led by Fr Philip Barnes (Guardian of the Shrine and Vicar of S. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, London) and Clare Williams (Church Youth Worker and a regular member of the ministry team at the Youth Pilgrimage). We hope and pray that this Youth Day will have encouraged the young people to take their discipleship more seriously and to come on the Youth Pilgrimage at Walsingham in the summer – so that they may grow further in their faith during the days of prayer, worship and fellowship.

Fr Philip O’Reilly SSC


Thinking of joining us in 2019?

Click here for the Youth Pilgrimage Health & Safety Guidelines

Click here for a sample Risk Assessment Form

Click here for a Parental Consent Form

Click here for a copy of the Youth Pilgrimage Information Booklet

Click here for a Safeguarding checklist

Click here for a copy of the Safeguarding policy

2018 Youth Pilgrimage

Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August

Generation Hope: Into God's Future with Mary

Pilgrimage led by Bishop Philip North

For the first time in years, the 2018 Walsingham was blessed with glorious sunshine and nearly 600 young pilgrims and their leaders gathered for five days of lively worship and teaching, prayer and devotion mixed with fun activities and the chance to make new friends in England’s Nazareth.

Pilgrims to Walsingham have been reflecting this season on the title of ‘Mary, Star of Hope’ which inspired the YP2018 theme of “Generation Hope: into God’s future with Mary”.

Bishop Philip North and his teaching team helped pilgrims to reflect on the hope we are given through faith in Jesus Christ, and how Mary helps us by her example and prayers to place our hope and trust in God. “Do not be afraid” are the words spoken to Mary by the angel, and Bishop Philip reminded us that they are words we hear again and again in the Bible. Christians can look to the future with hope, knowing that God is with us and that his love will never let us go.

To get a flavour of the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage, see the photographs available on the Shrine’s Photo Gallery or follow the link below to view the WYP2018 Highlights video. Read the report below written by Alanis and Carl, young pilgrims from south Wales.

Click here to watch a short video of the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage. Visit the Photo Gallery for a full range of images of the WYP week of August 2018.

Generation Hope - Into God's Future with Mary - The 2018 Youth Pilgrimage

Many young people were on pilgrimage for the first time, including Alanis and Carl from Aberdare who wrote the article below for their parish magazine.

On 30th July, 2018 we joined the young pilgrims making their way to Walsingham for the Youth Pilgrimage. Our adventure began at S. Fagan's in Aberdare as we boarded the minibus with 11 other young people making their journey with Fr Richard Green at the wheel and Fr Ben Rabjohns navigating (with some help from Google Maps).

We refuelled with hot chocolate at Starbucks and before we knew it we were being greeted by Fr Ben Andrews, Sue and Kelsey who had arrived and set up Camp Llandaff with help from the Big Strong Boys. A short while later Fr Harri Williams and his wife Clare arrived with even more new friends for us make from Milford Haven.

We began the pilgrimage with singing and the sprinkling of Holy Water from the well at the Shrine. We visited the Holy House and met Bishop Philip North and his ministry team. At the end of the night there was a BBQ and a Disco.

Each day we went off to Bible Study with Clare and Bishop Philip. At the first of our three sessions we started to learn about Philippians and each day there were some fun tasks as we learned passages of scripture - an After Eight challenge, a Ping Pong Ball challenge and some M&M sorting - Carl even had to hold a box above his head!

We went to Mass each day in the Big Top tent and sang some brilliant songs - there was lots of clapping and dancing to the wonderful CJM Music band who even had a drum kit! It was Christmas on Tuesday and we sang Christmas songs in the sunshine back at Camp Llandaff!

On Tuesday we went into the village for a second visit to the Holy House and had a chance to explore the Shrine where we saw the statue of S. David. In the evening we walked to the Slipper Chapel and made our way back barefoot whilst Fr Ben led us through prayers with the Rosary. On Wednesday night we experienced the anointing with oils, laying-on of hands and confession. It was very special and we stayed up late for the all-night prayers. We returned to the big tent to pray with Jesus at midnight.

Along with our study and attending Mass we had so much fun making new friends, playing community rounders, having water battles, doing arts and crafts and playing on giant inflatables.

Friday came too quickly and after a final Mass in the Big Top tent we said our goodbyes and set off on the long journey home. We loved every minute, we learned what it is to be Generation Hope and we thank you all for your prayers, which kept us safe and we are sure it was prayers from Aberavon that brought us all the wonderful sunshine. We cannot wait for WYP19!!!

A full range of photos of the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Photo Gallery on this website (About/Photo Gallery).

Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage: The Stats

  • Camp with hundreds of other young Christians in the village of Little Walsingham - minutes from the Shrine
  • Mass in a Big Top with the amazing band CJM
  • Bible Studies
  • First night BBQ & Disco
  • Wednesday All-Night Liturgy
  • Tread in the footsteps of pilgrims from the past 950 years on the Holy Mile
  • Workshop afternoon with crafts, dance, sport, drama, music with CJM - and inflatables!
  • Chill out in the café
  • Photos of the 2018 Youth Pilgrimage can be found in the Shrine Photo Gallery