Walking in solidarity in Monmouth

St Mary’s parish in the historic market town of Monmouth had organised their Share the Journey walk to coincide with the start of this year’s Refugee Week.

Parish Priest, Father Nicholas James, gave his blessing as the intrepid walkers, set off after Mass on Sunday morning (17 June).

The route chosen was the beautiful Peregrine Path, which after leaving the centre of Monmouth – the birthplace of Henry V – and crossing underneath the A40 – finds tranquillity and nature in all its glory as the path curls along the former railway line which ran adjacent to the beautiful River Wye – known for its salmon-rich waters – towards Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley.

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Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage

Fr Nick James and parishioners from St Frances of Rome and St Mary's

Pope Francis encourages us all to make a pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy as a sign of our ongoing journey of conversion and spiritual renewal.

Parishioners from St Frances of Rome, Ross-on-Wye and St Mary’s, Monmouth responded to this invitation when they came together to organise their own Lampedusa Cross pilgrimage on Tuesday 20 September to show solidarity with the thousands of refugees who are leaving their homes to escape from war, poverty and persecution.

The Lost Family Portraits were shown in the parish room before the pilgrimage began at 5.30 p.m.

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Welsh Martyrs and Pilgrimage in the Year of Mercy

Pilgrims

Pope Francis has asked that this Jubilee Year of Mercy should be one big pilgrimage.

He has spoken about the spirituality and devotion of those who go on pilgrimages as an expression of their faith and a form of evangelization which should be promoted and valued more.

On October 25 1970 Pope Paul VI canonized the 40 martyrs of England and Wales, amongst them were St John Kemble (1599 – 22 August 1679) and the last Welsh martyr, St David Lewis (1616 – 27 August 1679). Continue reading