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East Anglia pilgrimage to bring men together in prayer

A new 26-mile pilgrimage to bring men together from around East Anglia, to take up the role of spiritual fatherhood in praying for our diocese, is set to take place in mid September. Fr Henry Whisenant reports.

Menai??i??s Marython will take place from Kingai??i??s Lynn to Walsingham on Saturday September 16 to include prayers for our Bishop Alan, our clergy, our religious, our families, our parishes and schools. We are entrusting all of these intentions into the hands of our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Walsingham and Patroness of our diocese.

Kingai??i??s Lynn is the home of the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, set up in 1897 by Pope Leo XIII when as yet the Catholics had not revived anything in Walsingham itself. And now Walsingham, as you know, is the national shrine of Our Lady in England and a Minor Basilica. So we plan to walk between these two important shrines of Our Lady, a distance of 26 miles ai??i?? hence the name Marython!

The plan is to start with a 7pm Mass on Friday 15th in the Holy House at Kingai??i??s Lynn (Our Lady of the Annunciation, London Road PE30 5HQ). From there we will make our way to the other Catholic church in the parish where we can have a fish and chip supper and spend the night in the hall (sleeping bags needed).

We will start walking by 5 am on Saturday morning. One of the Kingai??i??s Lynn parishioners has sorted out a beautiful, quiet walk through the Norfolk countryside that almost entirely avoids roads, so it will be definitely be a distraction-free excursion. During our walk there will be the opportunity to pray the Rosary, to have spiritual input, to make use of the Sacrament of Confession, and to get to know one another in a relaxed environment.

We plan to arrive at Walsingham, at the Slipper Chapel, for Mass at 5.30 pm. (The Mass will be a votive of Our Lady of Walsingham, possibly a sung Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form if one or two singers are one the walk, but there will be booklets to enable people to follow.)

For more details, or to express your interest, contact

26 miles in a day is a fairly big walk, so those who sign up need to be fit enough to complete it. Any young men under 18 need to be with an accompanying adult.