Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham took place this year on Saturday 18, September 2022 led by Bishop Marcus Bishop of Leeds.
It began with the Angelus and the celebration of Holy Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham.
After Mass, there was time to meet and make friends and have lunch, and an opportunity to visit the Slipper Chapel where the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham is to be found, and where people may leave their petitions and prayer requests. The pilgrims then gathered in front of the Chapel of Reconciliation, in readiness for the procession along the Pilgrim Way into Walsingham itself. During the procession, the Mysteries of the Rosary were prayed. This year some of our Catholic High Schools were represented on the pilgrimage. and helped to carry the statue of Our Lady.
Seventy-four years ago, the great Cross Carrying Pilgrimage of Reparation took place. Fourteen crosses were carried across England and Wales. and carried to Walsingham in 1948. These are the Stations of the Cross that you find in front of the Chapel of Reconciliation. The Thirteenth Station was the Cross carried from the Leeds diocese. Next year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of this event and this commemoration will be reflected in the 2023 Diocesan Pilgrimage, which will take place on Saturday 30 September.