Bishop Ralph with Sr Maureen of St Oswald’s parish, Sheffield

Walking the Pilgrim Way


The Hallam Diocesan Walsingham Pilgrimage on Saturday, 27 July, led by our Bishop and supported by Fr Ainslie and Deacon Lloyd Edwards, saw hundreds of parishioners from the Hallam Diocese at Walsingham on pilgrimage.  This pilgrimage to Walsingham is one of many in the run-up to the re-dedication of England on 25 March, 2020 as Mary’s Dowry.


  Last October the crowned statue of Our Lady of Walsingham from the Slipper Chapel, Walsingham visited St Marie’s Cathedral, Sheffield.  This visit was part of a tour of the dioceses of England in a mission of prayer for the re-evangelisation of England.  Here at St Marie’s, Sheffield, as elsewhere, it was a powerful moment of grace.  A precursor to a mighty wave of evangelisation that will lead England back to the Christian faith of our Fathers.


  The participants of the Hallam Diocesan Walsingham Pilgrimage, encouraged by the Bishops’ Conference, meditated on the missionary role of Our Lady of Walsingham for the re-evangelisation of England – Mary’s Dowry.  It is the aspiration and hope of many on this Pilgrimage on 27 July that our prayers in a small way would be instrumental for the reclaiming of England as Our Lady’s Dowry, when England is re-dedicated on 25 March, 2020 as Mary’s Dowry.

Joseph Durham