pilgrimage

Montserrat
After having run a pilgrimage for many years from St. Beuno’s to Ignatian Rome and Spain, Fr David Birchall, who has now moved up north to Glasgow, has decided to continue to offer “In the Footsteps of Ignatius – Ignatian Spain” under the auspices of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre, Glasgow.“The pilgrimages were so interesting, reflective and enjoyable, that I felt I just had to continue with them,” said Fr Birchall.  “So next year we plan a shorter pilgrimage to Ignatian Spain, visiting...
The Sanctuary of San Miguel de Aralar
Novice Richard Webster is currently undertaking a pilgrimage between Manresa and Loyola in Spain, following in the steps of some of the early Jesuits.The Rule of Saint Benedict contains some beautiful instructions on how a monastic community should welcome guests: [Let them] be received like Christ, for He will say, “I was as a stranger, and you took me in” (Matthew 25:35). … In the reception of poor men and pilgrims special attention should be shown, because in them is Christ most truly...
Walkers carry their cross
This Holy week I joined 4 other Jesuits and about 15 people on the Oxford Leg of Student Cross. Our sole aim to walk the 160 odd miles from Oxford to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham whilst carrying an 8 foot cross. Student Cross started in 1948 and now comprises 11 groups or legs of students from over the UK that walk different paths heading to Walsingham in time for Good Friday. Once in Walsingham we celebrate as a whole some 300 + people the Good Friday Passion, Easter Vigil Mass and...
While Christians who follow the Western calendar celebrated Easter earlier this month, a party of pilgrims from Britain celebrated it last weekend. Their pilgrimage to Jordan focused on meeting and worshipping with the Christian communities as they celebrated Holy Week and Easter together. In Jordan, Catholic and Protestant Christians observe Easter on the same date as the Orthodox churches, which this year was 12 April. “The pilgrimage provided us with opportunities to visit sites of...
Several Jesuits are taking part in the 2015 Student Cross pilgrimage this Holy Week, as hundreds of pilgrims make their way to Walsingham for the Easter Triduum. Walsingham has been a centre of pilgrimage in East Anglia for many centuries.Student Cross is a pilgrimage organised by and for students, young adults, and pilgrims of all ages, which has been running since 1948. Pilgrims experience Holy Week and then celebrate the joy of the Resurrection in a unique witness of faith.Eleven different...
Join Fr Peter Randall SJ and Sr Anouska Robinson-Biggin fcJ as they walk the first part of The Ignatian Way from Loyola to Laguardia in northern Spain. Follow in the footsteps of Saint Ignatius of Loyola initially bound for the Holy Land but over time coming to realise that God had other plans. This is a walking pilgrimage, covering approximately 25km a day (some will be more, some will be less) in the mountains of northern Spain. Good physical fitness is essential as the walks may be long...
Pilgrims from the UK will have the opportunity to show their solidarity with Christians of the Middle East by taking part in a pilgrimage to Jordan to coincide with the Orthodox Easter. Among those leading the pilgrims will be Fr Dominic Robinson SJ of the Farm Street Church community in London.The ecumenical pilgrimage in April will focus on meeting and worshipping with the Christian communities in Jordan as they celebrate Holy Week and Easter together.  In Jordan, Catholic and Protestant...
Sebastian on the Camino
Sebastian Cichocki is on the staff of the Mount Street Jesuit Community in central London. He recently undertook a five-week pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, or Way of St James. This 900 km pilgrim trail through northern Spain ends at Finisterre via the shrine of St James at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.My Camino (from the Spanish for “path”) started on 21 May 2014.  I chose the most popular “French Way” which begins in Saint Jean Pied de Port in...
Charles of the JRS day centre goes on pilgrimage to Canterbury to raise money for the homeless in London
Each year at the end of May, The Connection at St Martin in the Fields hold their annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury. This year, Charles, who comes to the JRS-UK Day Centre, took part and completed the four day pilgrimage walking in total an incredible 74 miles and helping to raise funds for homeless people in London.“The first day was really an amazing day,” Charles expressed on sharing his experience of the pilgrimage. “We walked through the city of London and we reached Swanly...
Pope Francis’ three-day visit to the Holy Land was billed principally as a religious occasion: to cement relations with the Orthodox Church by marking the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic meeting in Jerusalem with Patriarch Athenagoras I. But the Jesuit pontiff’s pilgrimage was filled with symbolic acts of reconciliation and spontaneous events of prayerfulness that few could have anticipated.The Pope’s arrival in Bethlehem direct from Jordan was interpreted as...

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