Bishop Alan Hopes came to welcome the pilgrims and mingled with them before Mass. “It’s always nice to have an occasion to say ‘Good to see you again, Bishop’,” commented one SVP member.
Before Mass the pilgrims had the opportunity to share picnics, and chat with friends and with strangers who soon became friends.
Mgr Philip Moger and Fr Philip Shyrane were present, along with a number of other priests and deacons.
“The readings, hymns and words from our Bishop were most inspiring and encouraging in our Vincentian service,” said Pauline McSherry from King’s Lynn, who was among the pilgrims.
Special mention and congratulations went to Steve Gibling from Peterborough for 50 years of dedicated service to SVP. An increase in walking sticks this year might suggest more SVP members will soon follow Steve.
The pilgrims expressed gratitude to Bishop Alan for his continued support of the Society. “And finally, I would like to add a very special thank you to our coach driver and to kind folk who were always ready to give a helping hand,” said Pauline. “Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.”
Pictured above are the SVP pilgrims at Walsingham.