On 5th September, at the end of the summer break, the seminarians of England and Wales met with Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols and many of the bishops on pilgrimage at the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Some of the seminarians, having arrived the night before, celebrated Compline at the local Catholic parish in Little Walsingham village. The next day the seminarians celebrated Lauds with the other pilgrims to the shrine before spending the rest of the morning catching up, walking around the village and visiting the local pilgrim shops.
At midday the seminarians met for Mass in the Chapel of Reconciliation near the Slipper Chapel about a mile out of the village. The Mass was celebrated by the Cardinal who used his homily to speak on the fast approaching Year of Mercy. After Mass a buffet lunch was put on for the bishops, priests and seminarians which was a great opportunity to speak with students at other seminaries and catch up with old friends after the summer break.
After lunch Monsignor Armitage, the shrine director, spoke on the new evangelisation, drawing on the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. After his talk the seminarians processed from the Chapel of Reconciliation down the holy mile into the village, walking in silence carrying a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham. The procession went through the anglican shrine where there was a pass to pray a decade of the rosary before finishing in the local Catholic Parish Church of the Annunciation with an hour of Exposition closing with Benediction. After a quick coffee the pilgrimage closed and the seminarians headed back off to their respective seminaries to begin the academic year.