Monday, 26 May 2008

The National Pilgrimage - Walsingham 2008

What a truly successful National it was. Well done to those who organised it especially Frs North and Barnes. Although the forecast was miserable the day turned out overcast but fine with some fleeting moments of sunshine. A standing ovation was offered to Fr Philip North as this is his last National, so it is also for the Shrine Priest, Fr Philip Barnes. Both have contributed significantly to the life of the Shrine and to so many pilgrims. Today also saw the official start of the ministry of the Franciscan Friars in Walsingham when Brothers Paschal and Maximillian were commissioned. Fr Hope Patten was remembered too as August sees the 50th anniversary of his death. When will he be in the Anglican Sanctorale?
I will remember many images from today, one that will last long is of a small group of Ordinands kneeling and praying the Rosary. Is it not great that our wing of the Church can still produce such men? Well done whoever you where, you gave this priest a very good example.
Here are some photos of the day.

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