Derby to Belper – Day 1 of the Padley/ Share the Journey Pilgrimage

Thanks to Bishop Patrick for putting Vincent Cundy in touch with me. This is Vincent’s 11th year of organising the four-day Padley Pilgrimage and it seemed fitting to combine it with Share the Journey. Day 1 started with Mass in the Bridge Gate Convent Chapel, celebrated by Fr Paul, visiting from Arusha in Tanzania. Padley 1After tea and toast kindly provided by the Sisters, we made our way to St Mary’s Bridge, where on 25th July 1588, Nicholas Garlick, Robert Ludlam and Richard Simpson were hung drawn and quartered and their remains draped over the chapel entrance. Garlick and Ludlam, two Roman Catholic priests, were arrested at Padley Manor and brought to Derby for trial on a charge of High Treason, together with Simpson another priest who was already in custody. After conviction, they spent their last night at the chapel which was then in use as a prison. The men are now remembered as the Padley Martyrs.

We began our journey with prayers; for refugees and for vocations and heard David’s story, a refugee from South Sudan. We then headed north out of Derby, walking along the Derwent Valley Heritage Trail.Padley 2

Along the way we passed some beautiful countryside, tackling some very overgrown footpaths and very dry fields (a turf farm).  We took some time out at Little Eaton for a comfort break and continued on to Duffield where two of our group headed back to Derby.  Finding a lovely spot for lunch we first heard Liz telling us Mohamed’s story and remembered him and others in our prayers.  We carried on to Belper, enjoying a welcome cuppa in Morrison’s café and there I left the group to carry on to Whatstandwell as I headed to the station and the train home.

There is something very humbling about meeting a new group of people from different countries (Fr Paul joined us!) and different walks of life.  And yet we all had something in common.  A desire to walk in solidarity not only as part of  Share the Journey campaign but also to remember our past and pray for our future.  And a wonderful opportunity to walk and talk!Padley 3

At the start of the day I introduced my fellow pilgrims to my two tangible symbols of the plight of refugees; the Lampedusa Cross, which will continue on to Padley and the bracelet I received in May when I attended the CIDSE conference in The Hague.  Each participant was given a gift by our Dutch hosts CORDAID; a bracelet made of fabric from life jackets abandoned on the Greek island of Lesbos.  We all took turns carrying the cross and wearing the bracelet.  Other pilgrims will join the group over the next few days, finally meeting up with pilgrims from both Hallam and Nottingham Diocese at Grindleford Station for Mass at Padley on Sunday at 3.30pm.padley

Are you planning a walk over the summer?  Or are you walking on your holidays?  Our initial target of walking once around the globe has been well and truly smashed and we are now on our third loop of the globe!  Add your miles and let us know about your walks.

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Sharing the Journey with Padley Pilgrimage

I recently received an email from Vincent Cundy who, for the last 11 years, has organised a pilgrimage to Padley, starting in Derby and finishing four days later, joining the pilgrims from both Hallam and Nottingham Dioceses at Grindleford Station for the final stage of the journey.  Bishop Patrick had suggested Vincent get in touch to give people the opportunity to combine both the Padley Pilgrimage and Share the Journey.

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Padley ruins and place of pilgrimage

Vincent tells me, “The walk from St Mary’s Bridge, Derby to Padley Chapel, Grindleford is to commemorate the Padley Martyrs and to recognise the distances that people would walk to attend Mass in those days.  We also give thanks for our priests, deacons, those in religious life and all who serve God.  Our daily prayers will include prayers for vocations.”

Vincent is very happy for people to join him at any stage of the pilgrimage and in the past has often been accompanied for the different stages by a variety of people.

This year Dr Anne Bailey of the Faculty of History of Oxford University will be joining him for the entire walk.  “My main area of academic expertise is medieval pilgrimage.  I’m particularly interested in the increasing popularity of walking pilgrimages.”  There will no doubt be some very interesting conversations along the way!

The programme for the Pilgrimage is set out below.  I hope to join Vincent at the start of his journey on Thursday with Mass at 8am and get the train back from Belper.  Perhaps I will see some of you there?  Having reached our target of 24 900 miles that circumnavigate the globe, we will be adding our miles to double it!

Padley Pilgrimage

CAFOD volunteers will be at Grindleford Station on Sunday 15th July carrying the Share the Journey banner and distributing campaign prayer cards.