For over 25 years, the Catholic League has arranged a late summer pilgrimage to Bruges. It has always been a strong support in our objectives to promote the reconciliation of all Christians with the Apostolic See of Rome. Last year, led by Fr Peter Geldard, we reflected on the huge significance of Anglicanorum Coetibus in answering our prayer of nearly a century for "corporate reunion". We examined the great figure of Cardinal Newman on the eve of his beatification during the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father.
This year we will be giving thanks for the Beatification, the success of Pope Benedict's apostolic visit and the foundatoin of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. It will be, as always, an ecumenical pilgrimage, continuing to hope and pray for the union of Christians and especially the reconciliation of the Anglican Communion and the Catholic Chuch.
All members of the League, members of the Ordinariate and others are most welcome to join us.
We will be staying with the Benedictine Daughters of the Church in their Priory of the Vineyard at the Begijnhof, or Beguinage, noted for their execution of the current Latin Liturgy of the Hours in Gregorian chant. We will arrive on the Patronal Festival, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, under her title of Our Lady of the Vineyard. We will also be making a pilgrimage to the weekly Solemn Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Blood and venerating the relic. There will also be a celebration of the Melkite Greek Caholic Divine Liturgy.
The speaker this year is Fr Hugh Allan o. praem, Prior, St Philip's Priory, Chelmsford.
Pilgrims are responsible for their own travel arrangements adn insurance. The cost of the pleasant but basic accommodation, including meals, in the Beguinage guesthouse is confirmed at 210 euros for four nights full board.
Further details in the Flyer can be downloaded here.
A booking form can be downloaded here.