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Patrick Madrid & Relevant Radio invite you on the

GLORY OF CATHOLIC ENGLAND

Pilgrimage In the footsteps of the English Martyrs

 

 

 
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Patrick Madrid

Patrick Madrid

Pilgrimage Host

Bishop James Wall

Pilgrimage Chaplain

 
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Pilgrimage Overview

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Day 1:  Flight to London

Our pilgrimage begins as we depart from our local airport for an overnight flight to London, England.

 
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Day 2

Upon arrival in London, we will be met by our tour guide and transported to Lincoln’s Inn, one of the best and oldest law schools in England, where St. Thomas More actively participated throughout his life – as student, lecturer and governing officer. Mass will be celebrated, followed by a visit to the Tyburn Convent, dedicated to the memory of martyrs executed there and in other locations for the Catholic faith. We arrive at our hotel for check-in, followed by dinner.

☾ Overnight London


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Day 3

Today, we will visit the location of St. Thomas More’s Chelsea home, now Allen Hall Seminary (where Mass will be celebrated). Although the home no longer exists, one of the mulberry trees he planted still survives in the seminary garden. While living in Chelsea, St. Thomas More and his family worshiped regularly at Chelsea Old Church. We will stop to visit its side chapel rebuilt by St. Thomas More in 1528. (It was left intact when the church was destroyed during a 1941 WWII air raid.) After our walking tour, we will travel by boat to the Tower of London (as St. Thomas More did on his final journey). After lunch on our own, we will have a tour of the historic Tower of London, where St. Thomas More was imprisoned from April 17, 1534, to July 6, 1535. Inside we’ll find the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, where St. Thomas More’s body is buried. A plaque and small garden commemorate St. Thomas More’s execution on Tower Hill, just outside the Tower of London. Nearby, we will visit All Hallows Church, considered to be the oldest church in London. St. Thomas More made pilgrimage to the famous Marian shrine here.

☾ Overnight London


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Day 4

We will enjoy a morning excursion to Stonor Park at Henley-onThames. Heroic Jesuit missionaries celebrated Mass at Stonor Park during the most violent years of anti-Catholic persecution. It will be forever remembered for its association with St. Edmund Campion. He lived there secretly and printed Catholic pamphlets on a small printing press hidden in the attic, where there is a priest hiding hole. We will celebrate Mass in Stonor Park Chapel, which dates back to the 13th century, followed by a tour of Stonor House. Before returning to London, we will stop in the delightful town of Henley, adjacent to the River Thames, to enjoy some free time before returning to London for dinner.

☾ Overnight London


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Day 5

We begin our day with Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Here we will see the incorrupt remains of the Catholic martyr Saint John Southworth. Next, we will tour the Houses of Parliament. St. Thomas More’s coat of arms can be seen in the House of Commons - and in the House of Lords is the ceremonial woolsack upon which St. Thomas More would have sat as the Lord Chancellor. In Westminster Hall, St. Thomas More practiced law and his trial took place here on July 1, 1535. After lunch, we will visit Westminster Abbey, where St. Thomas More served as a Member of Parliament in 1504, the year during which Henry VIII dissolved the Abbey monastery, demolished many statues and confiscated much of its wealth. After our tour, we will enjoy dinner, followed by a ride on the magnificent London Eye, where we will enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

☾ Overnight London


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Day 6

Today, we travel in the footsteps of the original Canterbury group to Ramsgate and Canterbury. In Ramsgate, Mass will be celebrated at the Shrine of St. Augustine, which commemorates the evangelization of the Anglo-Saxon peoples by St Augustine, who first landed at Ramsgate, having been sent by Pope Gregory the Great in 597. After lunch on our own in Canterbury, we will visit the Canterbury Cathedral, where St. Thomas More visited the famous shrine to his patron, St. Thomas Becket. Becket’s shrine was destroyed by Henry VIII in 1538, three years after St. Thomas More’s execution. Before returning to our hotel, we will stop at St. Dunstan’s Church, where St. Thomas More’s head is buried in the Roper family vault.

☾ Overnight Canterbury


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Day 7

This morning, we will enjoy an excursion to West Grinstead, Sussex where we will visit The Priest’s House, location of a secret chapel where illegal Masses were celebrated every day for over 200 years. Here there are three priest hiding holes connected by horizontal shafts, designed by carpenter St. Nicholas Owen. West Grinstead is one of the few places in England where no priest was ever captured and arrested. We will see the relics of Blessed Francis Bell, who celebrated Mass here, before suffering martyrdom at Tyburn in 1643. We will also view artifacts from the secret Masses. West Grinstead is the burial place of the Catholic author Hillaire Belloc, who was among the first to argue that the English Reformation was a political operation, not a popular movement. West Grinstead is also home to the beautiful Gothic-revival shrine to Our Lady of Consolation - the very first shrine created after the Reformation. Mass will be celebrated here. 

☾ Overnight West Grinstead


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Day 8

After breakfast, we will venture to the town of Amesbury where we will explore the prehistoric Stonehenge structure. Built in several stages, Stonehenge began about 5,000 years ago as a simple earthwork enclosure. It is believed to be the site where prehistoric people buried their cremated dead, but this still remains a mystery. Following our visit, we will make our way to Birmingham, stopping in Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, for lunch on our own. We’ll have the opportunity to explore the University of Oxford and its Botanic Garden, one of the oldest of its kind in the world. On our arrival in Birmingham this evening, we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner.

☾ Overnight Birmingham


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Day 9

We begin our day at Maryvale Institute, a Catholic college for Catechesis, Theology, and Philosophy. Here, Blessed John Henry Newman resided. An Anglican priest, poet and theologian, and later a Catholic cardinal, Blessed John Henry Newman was an important and controversial figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. The remainder of our afternoon in Birmingham is at our own leisure. We will gather for our farewell dinner this evening.

☾ Overnight Birmingham


Day 10:  Return Home

With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we’ll transfer to London this morning to board our plane for the return flight home.


Your Pilgrimage Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from most major US airports
  • All airport taxes & fees
  • 3 & 4 Star hotel accommodations
  • All hotel taxes & fees
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Breakfast & dinner as per itinerary
  • Wine with some dinners 
  • Assistance of a Canterbury Tour Manager
  • Assistance of local guide(s)
  • Sightseeing & admissions fees as per itinerary 
  • Opportunity for Daily Mass & spiritual activities
  • Tips for hotel staff & restaurants
  • Commentary along the way by Patrick Madrid

Per Person Pricing

$0,000

Double occupancy

$0,000

Single occupancy

$0,000

Ground-only

 
 
 

Scotland Extension

 
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Day 10

We say farewell to England as we depart for our flight to Scotland. We will enjoy an afternoon tour of Glasgow, including George Square and nearby Glasgow Cathedral. Before dinner, we’ll have the opportunity to gather for Mass celebrated in the church of St. Simon.

☾ Overnight Glasgow, Scotland


 

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Day 11

After breakfast this morning, we’ll travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond. We’ll continue through Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woolen Mill. At Fort Augustus, we’ll take a cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Before heading to our hotel in Strathpeffer, we will participate in Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Inverness. We will enjoy dinner tonight in the entertainment of Scottish music.

☾ Overnight Strathpeffer, Scotland

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Day 12

Today, we visit the Culloden Visitor Centre to learn about the Battle of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the British army in 1746. We then drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to sample the whiskey distilled there. We’ll continue south to Fife to visit the Shrine of St. Margaret at Dunfermline Abbey.

☾ Overnight Edinburgh, Scotland

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Day 13

This morning we tour Edinburgh, preceding along Princess Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Next, we’ll visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. Following our visit to the castle, we will visit the National Shrine of St. Andrew, which is part of St. Mary’s Cathedral. There, we will have the opportunity to venerate the relics of St. Andrew and participate in Mass.

☾ Overnight Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Day 14:  Return Home

With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we’ll transfer to the Edinburgh Airport this morning to board our plane for the return flight home.


Pricing with Scotland Extension

$0,000

Double occupancy

$000

Single supplement

$0,000

Ground-only

 
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