Walking for Our Lady

On 1 May 2017, as part of the ongoing campaign to raise funds for the enhancement of the Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham, Father Paul, Parish Priest of Our Lady and St Anne’s Church, will embark on a sponsored walk of 186 miles. He will walk from the Shrine of

Our Lady of Walsingham for the following eleven days. His route will include Peterborough to visit the Cathedral where Queen Catherine of Aragon is buried. She was a regular visitor and benefactor to the original Shrine at Caversham. He will also call at Windsor to visit the tomb of King Henry VIII in St George’s Chapel. It was Henry VIII who ordered the destruction of the original Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham.

The first day will be a stroll of seven miles to Fakenham but the next day will be a hard twenty-two miles to Kings Lynn. The journey will continue with each day’s walk varying from 13 miles to 25 miles (on the most gruelling day from Aylesbury to Maidenhead) until he finally reaches Caversham, after a 14-mile stint from Maidenhead, on the 11 May.

Father Paul hopes to raise a considerable sum in sponsorship towards the Shrine Fund. If you wish to sponsor him, sponsor forms are available at church or you can donate online at www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/archdiocese-birmingham/ourladyandstannechurch1

Don’t forget to use gift aid if you pay enough tax.

Photo © Lis: Fr Paul before the statue of Our Lady of Caversham

By Jane Shaw,
Our Lady & St Anne, Caversham