The Rt. Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds

The Pilgrimage this year has, of necessity, a different ‘look’! Covid-19, whilst severely limiting our physical presence in Walsingham, has prompted us to spread our wings via the internet! So we hope to welcome many from all around the United Kingdom, from the Republic of Ireland and maybe from further afield, to our 37th Pilgrimage of Reparation and Prayer for the Sanctity of Life, taking place at England’s Nazareth, the Catholic Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

It is a ‘virtual’ pilgrimage, through the facility of the Walsingham Shrine livestream, and we wish to express our immense gratitude to the Rector, the Pilgrimage Coordinator and all the Shrine staff for their help in enabling the pilgrimage to go ahead in this way. We are also hopeful that we will be joined by the Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

We are delighted to confirm that Bishop Marcus Stock, 10th Bishop of Leeds, will be the principle celebrant at the midday Mass on Sunday 27th September. He follows in the footsteps of a predecessor Bishop of Leeds, Rt Rev William Wheeler, who, as a staunch supporter of the culture of Life, led the pilgrimage a number of times. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in theology Bishop Stock studied for the priesthood in Rome. He was ordained for the diocese of Birmingham in August 1988, serving as a priest in a number of parishes as well as holding various teaching posts and other roles related to education at diocesan and National level. He was appointed to the See of Leeds in September 2014.

Given the current restrictions on Mass attendance, the Shrine has posted a message on their website thanking pilgrims for their support and also asking all pilgrims to:

Avoid visiting on weekends as we are often at capacity. When we are at capacity we regret that you will be turned away. We however encourage you to visit on weekdays when it is much quieter.

Much as we would wish to join with the usual large number on this pilgrimage we have to respect the current guidelines, so we do not wish to encourage anybody to come to Walsingham on 27th September.

Having said that we are sure that, with a great body of prayer from all parts of these islands, particularly those of Our Lady of Walsingham and Our Lady of Guadalupe, we may be confident that grace and strength to continue this battle for truth, for life, for justice, will be given where it is needed.  We pray for God’s blessing on us all!

Please follow either of these links to watch the pilgrimage live at Walsingham:-

Walsingham Shrine Live Stream

Walsingham Shrine YouTube Channel

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