On 22 July eleven pilgrims from St Joseph and St Nicholas, Moorends set off from Thorne and Moorends for York with leader, Fr Gus O’Reilly.

St Joseph and St Nicholas trip to York s

The first stop was the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow in The Shambles, where Fr Gus celebrated Mass. After coffee the group set off for the Bar Convent which is the oldest ‘living’ convent in Britain – in continuous use since it was founded in 1686. There was a warm welcome and the pilgrims spent time in prayer in the beautiful chapel, before enjoying an interesting talk by Sister Mary about the history of the convent. The café also provided an excellent lunch.

If you’ve never visited the convent it is worth a visit – a new interactive visitor centre opened in August. Some of the group popped into St Wilfrid’s church en route to the final stop – York Minster, where the use of the Zouche Chapel was allowed for prayer. The group then enjoyed the grandeur of one of Europe’s largest churches before setting off for home.

Sincere thanks to Fr Gus for volunteering to lead the pilgrimage which was a spiritually enriching experience. Everyone was very grateful to the custodians of the Shrine of St Margaret Clitherow, the Sisters of the Congregation of Jesus at Bar Convent and the Chapter of York Minster for welcoming the group.

The photograph shows the pilgrims in the ornate chapel at the Bar Convent.