A pilgrimage to honor the martyrs of
with Fr. Leonard Villa
Pastor, St. Paul the Apostle, Yonkers, NY
Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 2018
A pilgrimage to honor and take courage in the witness of the awesome martyrs of England and Wales! Beginning in Canterbury and continuing on to Norfolk, Walsingham, York, Lancashire, Oxford, London and Northern Wales, our pilgrim route will take us to ancient shrines, castles, universities, oratories and cathedrals.
By visiting the sites hallowed by the saints and martyrs of England and Wales' past one finds a marvelous link to the present and discovers the ancient Faith anew!
- A wonderful city tour of London to include Tyburn Convent & Tyburn Tree by Marble Arch (execution site of 105 martyrs) and Tower Hill (execution site of Sir Thomas More and Archbishop John Fisher)
- Visiting all four of England's Oratory's including the Birmingham Oratory (Shrine of Blessed John Cardinal Newman)
– Canterbury to visit its marvelous 6th cent. cathedral (site of the martydrom of St. Thomas a Becket) and St. Thomas Catholic Church with its Martyrs Chapel
- The Marian Roman Catholic Shrine of Walsingham, England’s Nazareth
- The Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow and the York Minster
- Church of St. Oswald/Shrine of St. Edmund Arrowsmith (among the 15 Lancashire martyrs) in Ashton in Makerfield in Lancashire, the Tyburn of the North
- Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare to learn of the famous bard's ties to Catholicism and the Recusancy
- A delightful walking tour of Oxford to take in key sites including Trinity College (where Cardinal Newman studied) and St. Mary's (where he was vicar and where St. Edmond Campion’s famous Decem Rationes were sensationally distributed in the middle of the night in 1581)
- Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in West Grinstead - the oldest continuously occupied Catholic presbytery in England that was known as the little cottage in the forest – a ‘safe house’ where many priests and seminarians found hospitality and refuge during the Penal era. Here Hilaire Belloc was a parishioner and is buried in the parish graveyard.
- Shrine of St. Winefrides Well in Flintshire, the Lourdes of Wales
- Scenic beauty of Northern Wales - Snowdonia Forest Park and Caernarfon Castle
Cost:$4195 from Newark, NJ (based on double room occupancy)
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R/T non-stop airfare from Newark
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
3 & 4* hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Traditional Latin Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $595 for a single room
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The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Evening departure from Newark (NJ) on board a non-stop flight to London.
Day 2 - Morning landing at London Heathrow to begin our pilgrimage with a visit to the W. Sussex shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, the oldest continuously occupied Catholic presbytery in England and burial place of the renowned 19th cent. historian and poet, Hilaire Belloc. Known as the little cottage in the forest, this was the most successful ‘safe house’, where many priests and seminarians found hospitality and refuge during the English Reformation, a two-hundred year span of Catholic persecution beginning with the founding of the Church of England by Henry VIII in the 1530s, when the civil authority of England usurped the rights of the Catholic Church and sought to abolish all practice of the old faith, forcing priests into hiding. See the secret chapel and liturgical items used by the hunted priests. Continue east to the coast to see the iconic white Cliffs of Dover (made famous by in the 1944 film with Irene Dunne) and onto Canterbury in the ancient Saxon Kingdom of Kent. Late afternoon arrival in Canterbury for check-in and overnight.
Day 3 - Morning in Canterbury where the 6th c. Roman Benedictine monk, St. Augustine, first brought Christianity to England, becoming its first archbishop. Six centuries later, another archbishop of Canterbury, St. Thomas à Becket, was senselessly killed in his cathedral in 1170, turning the city into one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the Middle Ages. Visit the Cathedral where St. Thomas à Becket was archbishop and where his martyrdom took place. After time at leisure in the beautiful city of Canterbury travel north Late afternoon departure north into rural Norfolk. Early evening arrival at in Thetford for an overnight stay at a 19th c. manor with its own Gothic church in the woods.
Day 4 - Morning departure for the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, the "Holy Land" of England. In 1061, a Saxon noblewoman, prompted in a dream by the Blessed Mother, had the Holy House of the Annunciation replicated in its exact dimensions. Since travel to the Holy Land in the Middle Ages was fraught with danger, pilgrims flocked instead to Walsingham's "Holy House", soon to be further blessed by Crusader-donated relics. Pilgrimages continued for almost five centuries until the destruction of the shrine under Henry VIII in 1538. It wasn't until 1895 that a local woman helped revive interest in the shrine by purchasing and restoring a chapel near the original Holy House site. Two years later, in 1897, the shrine was rededicated by Pope Leo XIII and once again became an official pilgrimage destination. Afternoon departure north for the medieval walled city of York, once the capital of the Roman Empire. Here Constantine the Great was proclaimed Emperor in 306. Upon arrival, check-in at our hotel in York for two nights.
Day 5 - Morning city walking tour to the Shambles with its 700-year-old timber framed homes almost touching one another from one side of the street to the other. Tucked into what was once called the Butcher's Row is the Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow honoring the 16th c. wife, mother and convert to the Catholic Faith. For giving shelter to fugitive priests, she became the first woman martyr of the Elizabethan reign. Visit the shrine as well as the York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. Afternoon excursion to beautiful Castle Howard, site of the filming of the 1982 TV series, 'Brideshead Revisited', based on Evelyn Waugh's finest Catholic novel.
Day 6 - Morning check-out and departure southwest for Wales, nestled along the mountainous western peninsula of Great Britain. Stop en-route in the Lancashire town of Ashton-in Makerfield to visit the Shrine of St. Edmund Arrowsmith (one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales). A reliquary of his ‘holy hand’ is preserved here and many cures are attributed to his intercession. Continue southwest crossing into northern Wales to the old mining town of Holywell, the Lourdes of Wales. Late afternoon arrival at the 7th c. Shrine of St. Winefride (a virgin martyr with a miracle similar to that of St. Lazarus). Drink from the water that sprung up at the site of the miracle and has been flowing ever since. Check-in at St. Winefride's, a guesthouse of the Bridgettine Sisters for two nights.
Day 7 - A full day in beautiful Wales! Take a scenic excursion through Snowdonia Forest Park to the wild Irish Sea. Drive along the coastline dotted with seaside villages and steep cliffs to the walled royal town of Caernarfon to visit its 700 year-old King Edward I castle. Visit the Franciscan Friary of Pantasaph with its St. Padre Pio Centre.
Day 8- Morning return to England, first traveling south to Birmingham to visit the Oratory of Bl. John Card. Newman, the esteemed theologian, author, Anglican convert and founder of the Oxford Movement, with its eloquent response to the spiritual stagnation and doctrinal unorthodoxy of Victorian England. His own quest for truth attracted many and profoundly influenced the Catholic revival of Post Reformation England. Following his conversion in 1845 and subsequent priestly ordination, he founded the Birmingham Oratory of St. Philip Neri, a community of priests and lay brothers. Visit the Oratory and the little chapel within where he is buried. Continue on to Stratford-upon-Avon, the 16th c. birthplace of the world's most famous poet & playwright, William Shakespeare. While in Stratford visit the Church of St. Gregory and learn of Shakespeare's ties to the Recusancy. On to Oxford for the evening.
Day 9 - A morning in Oxford for an unforgettable walking tour to learn the extraordinary story of the martyrs of Oxford. Walk into the courtyard of Trinity College, Alma mater of Card. Newman. Visit St. Mary's Church (where St. Edmond Campion’s famous Decem Rationes, Ten Reasons, were sensationally distributed in the middle of the night). Pass by Magdalen College, where literary giants, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, met and became lifelong friends. On to London for a late afternoon arrival at our hotel near the Brompton Oratory, founded in 1878 by the great theologian and hymn writer, Fr. Frederick Faber. Still vibrant today, Brompton Oratory is a true symbol of England’s Catholic Renaissance.
Day 10 - A day in London beginning with a visit to the Martyrs Crypt at Tyburn near Hyde Park with a vast collection of relics from the English and Welsh Martyrs. Also walk to the site of the Tyburn Tree where the martyrdoms took place, including that of the iconic Jesuit, Edmund Campion. Next, set out on a walking tour through little known Catholic London from Westminster Cathedral to Parliament. Take an afternoon boat ride on the River Thames to London Tower. Walk to Tower Hill, the martyrdom site of St. Thomas More (Henry VIII's Lord Chancellor) and the great St. John Fisher, who gave their lives in 1535 for refusing to compromise the faith of their ancestors. Evening Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 - Morning departure from London Heathrow on-board a non-stop flight to Newark. Mid-afternoon arrival at Newark.