St. Bede Pilgrimage to
with Fr. Peter Naah
Aug. 23-Sept. 2, 2019
A pilgrimage to honor and take courage in the witness of the awesome martyrs and saints of England & Wales!
Beginning in Canterbury and continuing on to Walsingham (England’s Nazareth), York, Durham (Shrine of St. Bede, our parish patron), Holywell (Northern Wales) and London; travel to medieval cities, historic castles, ancient shrines 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!
- Two nights in London to include a visit to 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 three of Blessed John Cardinal Newman's oratories
– Canterbury to visit its marvelous 6th cent. cathedral (site of the martydrom of St. Thomas a Becket)
- The iconic White Cliffs of Dover
– Ramsgate - Shrine of St. Thomas of Canterbury who first evangelized England and burialplace of Pugin, God's architect
- Two nights at a former Catholic manorhouse in Norfolk with its own hidden Gothic chapel
- The Marian Shrine of Walsingham, England’s Nazareth
- York; Shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow and the York Minster
- Castle Howard; site of the filming of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited
- Cathedral of Durham; Shrine of St. Cuthbert and burialplace of St. Bede
- 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
- Shrine of St. Winefrides Well in Holywell, Flintshire; the Lourdes of Wales
- Scenic beauty of Northern Wales - Snowdonia Forest Park, Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Slate Museum
Cost: $4295 from Washington Dulles (based on double room occupancy)
Tour cost without air: $3345
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R/T non-stop airfare from Washington Dulles on United Airlines
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
Good hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
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Day 1 - Evening departure from Washington Dulles Airport on board a non-stop flight to London.
Day 2 - Morning landing at London Heathrow. Transfer directly east to Canterbury, in the ancient Saxon Kingdom of Kent, the “Garden of England”, to visit the medieval cathedral where St. Thomas à Becket was senselessly killed in 1170, turning the city into one of the most important pilgrimage destinations of the Middle Ages. Also visit St. Thomas Catholic Church with its Martyrs Chapel. Early evening check-in at the Holiday Inn Express on the outskirts of the city.
Day 3 - Today we'll travel east and then north, first stopping at to the white Cliffs of Dover (made famous in the 1944 WWII film with Irene Dunne) overlooking the English Channel and Ramsgate where the 6th century Roman Benedictine monk, St. Augustine, first brought Christianity to England, becoming its first archbishop. Visit the Shrine of St. Augustine and the National Pugin Center where "God's architect" is buried. Afternoon departure north for Thetford in rural Norfolk. Early evening arrival at Lynford Hall, a 19th century manor with its own Gothic church in the woods.
Day 4 - A full day to visit 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 ruins of the original Holy House. Two years later, in 1897, Pope Leo XIII re-dedicated the shrine, making it an official pilgrimage destination once again. Late afternoon return to Lynford hall.
Day 5 - Today we will continue our pilgrimage route, traveling north to the medieval walled city of York, once the capital of the Roman Empire. Here Constantine the Great was proclaimed Emperor in 306. Upon an early afternoon arrival set out on a 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 century 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. Check-in at the Hampton Inn by Hilton in York for two nights.
Day 6 - Today we will travel to the historic northeastern city of Durham to visit the Norman Cathedral founded over the resting place of St. Cuthbert; 7th century monk, bishop and hermit of Northumbria, known as the "Wonder worker of England". Also entombed here are the bones of St. Bede the Venerable, the 8th century Father of English history and Doctor of the Church, as well as our parish patron! Until the martyrdom of St. Thomas a Becket in 1170, Durham Cathedral drew many medieval pilgrims and was the most visited pilgrimage site in England. Next travel to beautiful Castle Howard, site of the 1982 filming of 'Brideshead Revisited', a TV series based on Evelyn Waugh's finest Catholic novel.
Day 7 - 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 Maker-field 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 century 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 8 - A full day in beautiful Wales! Take a scenic excursion through magnificent Snowdonia Forest Park to the wild Irish Sea. Drive along the coast dotted with seaside villages and steep cliffs to the walled royal town of Caernarfon to visit its 700 year-old King Edward I castle. Also enjoy a stop in the Welsh Mining Museum and the Victorian village of Betws-y-Coed, the principal village of the Snowdonia Nat’l. Park.
Day 9 - Morning return to England, heading southeast to London, with a stop en-route in Birmingham to visit the Oratory of Bl. John Cardinal 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 small chapel within where he is buried. Late afternoon arrival in world-class London and check-in to our hotel near another of St. Philip Neri’s oratories, the Brompton Oratory, a High Renaissance, early Baroque church, 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 Tyburn Convent Martyrs Crypt near Hyde Park with a vast collection of relics from the English and Welsh Martyrs. Walk to the site of the Tyburn Tree where the martyrdoms took place, including that of the iconic Jesuit, Edmund Campion. Next, visit Westminster Cathedral, England's first Post-Reformation Catholic cathedral, and on to London Tower on the River Thames. 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.
Day 11 - A free morning in London! Mid-afternoon departure from London Heathrow on-board a flight to Washington Dulles. Evening arrival at Dulles.