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Inter Faith pilgrims will head to Walsingham

An Inter Faith pilgrimage is set to take place at Walsingham on Saturday April 1, involving Catholics, other Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jews and those of no faith, for only the second ever time.


The first-ever East Anglian Inter Faith Pilgrimage took place in Walsingham in October 2015, organised by Cynthia Capey from SIFRE (Suffolk Inter Faith Resource) and involved 40 pilgrims from different faiths visiting both the Catholic and Anglican Shrines in Walsingham.

Because of the success of the first pilgrimage, the Diocese of East Anglia has joined with the Inter Faith Councils of Norwich, Wisbech and Peterborough to organise a second. It will be led by East Anglia Catholic priest Fr Michael Rear, who also led the first pilgrimage.

Brian Keegan, the lead for Inter Religious Dialogue in the Diocese of East Anglia said: “I am delighted with the enthusiasm and cooperation of the Inter Faith Councils in East Anglia who have joined together with us to organise this second pilgrimage and I am looking forward to meeting with a great many people of many different faiths and cultures to share a few hours together enjoying and reflecting on our God -given earth with all its potential riches shared by us all.”

The programme for this year’s pilgrimage is:

  • 11.30 Pilgrims arrive at the Catholic Shrine at Houghton St Giles.
  • 12.00 Pilgrim Mass
  • 13.00 Shared lunch.
  • 13.45 Introduction and Blessing
  • 14.00 Walk from the Catholic Shrine to the Anglican Shrine with several stops for reflection. (This will be along the old railway embankment, now the Pilgrim Way).
  • 15.30 Reflections and Sprinkling at the Anglican Shrine.
  • 16.00 Pilgrimage ends.

For further information about this Pilgrimage please contact Brian Keegan, brian@briankeegan.demon.co.uk 01733 265769

Pictured above is the first-ever East Anglian Inter Faith Pilgrimage in 2015, outside the Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham.

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