Confraternity of St. Peter Pilgrimage to England

Forty members of the Confraternity of Saint Peter recently made a pilgrimage to England, led by Fr. Michael Stinson, FSSP, Bursar for the North American District. Sites visited during the pilgrimage included:

  1. The ancient Marian shrine of Walsingham, which, although destroyed under Henry VIII, is still today a shrine with more than 100,000 pilgrims a year.
  2. York, where Constantine was proclaimed emperor and where 72 Catholics were later martyred for their faith.
  3. The oratory of Bl. John Newman, in Birmingham.
  4. Shakespeare’s home and grave, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  5. Oxford, unfortunate location of martyrdom for many English Catholics.
  6. The shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead.
  7. The Carmelite monastery in Aylesford, wherein lies St. Simon Stock, and where he received the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.
  8. In London, St. Etheldredas, which is the second oldest church in England, was visited, as well as St. James, which was the first church built after the Reformation.
  9. Tyburn Convent, where so many were martyred that they installed three gallows.
  10. The final day, Mass was with Frs. Stinson and Armand de Malleray, chaplain of the Confraternity, at his parish of St. William of York, in Reading.

The pilgrimage was made fruitful by numerous priests and guides that detailed the unfortunate end of so many Catholics during the Reformation.  Even more details and pictures are available in our newest newsletter. If you do not receive our monthly newsletter, sign up today.

September 25, 2014