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