From Monday 11th September 2017 until Thursday 14th September 2017, a group of pilgrims from the parishes of Loftus, Skelton and Boosbeck were joined by members of Saint Michael’s Priory in Willen, Milton Keynes, for a joint pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in North Norfolk. In total a group of twenty-eight diverse pilgrims made up the pilgrimage group.
Among the twenty-eight pilgrims were five priests, one nun, a priest of the Society of the Sacred Mission, a lay brother of the Society of the Sacred Mission, two novices of the Society of the Sacred Mission – all the way from Lesotho – and two pastoral assistants exploring their future vocation. Alongside members of the East Cleveland Walsingham Cell, old friendships were renewed and wonderful new friendships made.
Commenting on the pilgrimage, Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus and Pilgrimage Leader said, “Our group of twenty-eight pilgrims have really enjoyed an uplifting and highly spiritual pilgrimage to the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Although we were such a diverse group, we came together as a group of fellow pilgrims on the way and have shared four wonderful days of worship, prayer and Christian fellowship growing together in discipleship. I wish to thank everyone for the part that they played in this year’s holy pilgrimage, and I hope we can arrange another wonderful pilgrimage together for next year. All will be welcome to join us!”
Loftus Parish shares an increasingly close link with the Society of the Sacred Mission and more information about the work of the Society can be found here: http://societyofthesacredmission.org
Further information about the East Cleveland Walsingham Cell in the Deanery of Guisborough, in the Diocese of York, can be found here: http://loftusparish.co.uk/walsingham-cell/