Most Reverend Kevin McDonald, Archbishop Emeritus of Southwark

The Pilgrimage will be led by Archbishop Kevin McDonald in 2018. Archbishop Kevin was born in Stoke on Trent on 18th of August 1947. After gaining his first degree was from the University of Birmingham he went to the English College in Rome and was ordained priest on 20th of July 1974. After further studies he was appointed Parish Priest in Sparkhill in Birmingham and also worked for eight years at the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity in Rome. He also taught at Oscott College in Birmingham, including three years as Rector. He was appointed Bishop of Northampton in 2001 and Archbishop of Southwark in 2003, a post from which he resigned for health reasons in 2009.

Archbishop McDonald continues to be active and has responsibility for Catholic-Jewish relations and Interreligious Relations within the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

He is a Consultor to the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and is also involved ecumenically, particularly with the Ancient Oriental Churches. He is Grand Prior of the England and Wales Lieutenancy of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, an Order which supports Catholics in the Holy Land. He is also the liaison Bishop for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in England and Wales.

Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Pilgrimage will also be graced with the presence of the Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, brought from its shrine in the Diocese of Northampton. Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster formally handed over the Miraculous Relic Image to the care of Bishop Peter Doyle, Bishop of Northampton, in a ceremony in the Church of The Holy Child and St Joseph, Bedford, on 29 Sept 2012