Thursday, September 01, 2011

COME ON PILGRIMAGE...

...with members of the Association of Catholic Women and the Catholic History Walkers! On Wednesday September 21st we are going on pilgrimage to MINSTER, to visit the sisters at St Mildred's Abbey.

We meet at Westminster Cathedral at 7.45am. Bring a packed lunch. We'll be travelling by train. On arrival at Minster, there'll be coffee and a chance to enjoy the lovely grounds and gardens, and then we'll join the Sisters for the Office of Sext in the Abbey's chapel. This will be followed by Mass - we are bringing our own chaplain. Then a picnic lunch - or, if you like, you can explore the village and enjoy a pub lunch there. Then there will be a talk about the Abbey's history, with a DVD, and a sister will tell us about the Benedictine life...and then we will have tea and make our way home.

During the day we'll be saying the Rosary and we'll learn something of the history of this part of Kent, with its links to St Augustine etc. We plan to be back in London by 6pm.

Minster Abbey is a beautiful place with lovely grounds and a warm welcome - and good accomodation for pilgrims if the weather is rainy too.

No need to book - just turn up. But you will find it useful to BUY YOUR RAILWAY TICKET BEFOREHAND. We plan to catch the 08.33 train from CHARING CROSS.

I went to Minster today with the Chairman of the Assn of Catholic Women to make arrangements for this pilgrimage and it was a most lovely day...glorious Kent countryside, warm September sun, the peace of the convent chapel, the beauty of the abbey gardens with their flowers in great profusion...

2 comments:

Jackie Parkes said...

Wish you could do some Midlands stuff!

Anonymous said...

Dear Auntie Joanna:
Your Sept. 21 pilgrimage to Minster sounds delightful. I remember Kent as a lovely area, and the popular "Maisie Dobbs" mystery series, by British-born author Jacqueline Winspear, celebrates the county.
I look forward to seeing you on EWTNs "Bookmark" this coming week to hear about your book, A Nun With a Difference: the Life & Letters of Sr. Mary Alban, FC.
It's Labor Day Weekend in the USA, but rain is in the local forecast. We are still recovering from Hurricane Irene in the NY area. Twenty-four apartment units were destroyed by floods just across the street from my building, and generators supply electric power to the remaining units. Flood damage has delayed the opening of public school in this and other communities. Parts of Upstate NY and Northern NJ have been badly flooded and evacuated, and many Connecticut homes still lack electric power on Day 6! Southern Vermont is hardest hit from swollen and overflowing rivers: roads buckled; crops ruined; trees brought down power lines and smashed houses; their famed covered bridges in ruins or gone. Food is scarce and, in some isolated spots, airlifted. Trucks trying to enter Vermont find their routes impassable. Prayers would be appreciated.
Sheila A. Waters
Bronxville NY