11 Days

Catholic Pilgrimage to England

In The Company of Mary, Missionaries, Monks,

Martyrs, Scholars & Converts

Spiritual Director: Fr. Jeremiah Lange

July 21 – 31, 2025

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Catholic Pilgrimage to England

In The Company of Mary, Missionaries, Monks, Martyrs, Scholars & Converts

Spiritual Director:

Fr. Jeremiah Lange

July 21 – 31, 2025

220JL072125

Aylesford · Canterbury · Dover · Dover Cliffs · Cambridge · Ely · Walsingham · Birmingham · Kidderminster · Stratford upon Avon · Oxford · Windsor · London

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Aylesford · Canterbury · Dover · Dover Cliffs · Cambridge · Ely · Walsingham · Birmingham · Kidderminster · Stratford upon Avon · Oxford · Windsor · London

Embark on a Pilgrimage through England’s Catholic Sacred Heritage: Journey through England’s deep-rooted Catholic history, beginning in the dynamic city of London and weaving through the country’s spiritual epicenters. This 11-day pilgrimage offers Catholic devotees a profound experience, retracing the paths of saints, venerating at revered Catholic shrines, and unveiling the rich tapestry of England’s Catholic legacy. From the cherished Aylesford Priory to the iconic Cliffs of Dover, participants will be immersed in pivotal Catholic sites, including St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ely Cathedral, and the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri in Birmingham. This pilgrimage isn’t merely about seeing; it’s about connecting with the centuries-old traditions, the fervor of devotion, and the resilient Catholic faith that has intricately shaped England’s spiritual journey.

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Best Western Premier Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
Dover, United Kingdom
Holiday Inn Cambridge an IHG Hotel
Cambridge, United Kingdom
AC Hotel by Marriott Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre
Oxford, United Kingdom
DoubleTree by Hilton London Victoria
London, UK
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Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, July 21: Depart USA for London

Make your way to your local airport where you will board for your first leg of flights to England. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board on overnight transatlantic flight.

Day 2 | Tuesday, July 22: Arrive England - Aylesford - Canterbury - Dover

Arrive in London Heathrow Airport and proceed to Passport Control, Baggage Claim, and then to the Arrivals Hall where you will be greeted by your Tour Guide/Drive to be transferred to your Bus. From there, we begin our English Pilgrimage with a visit to Aylesford Priory to celebrate the Mass. Located in the Archdiocese of Southwark, the Aylesford Priory is one of the ancient houses of the Carmelite Order, and a major place for pilgrimage. The word “Aylesford” means “crossing place for all peoples”. In 1242, a group of hermits from Mount Carmel were given land to establish a community by a crusader returning from the Holy Land. Five years later, in a Carmelite Chapter Meeting, Aylesford adopted the lifestyle of Mendicant Friars. In 1538, the Priory changed hands from the Carmelites to the private hands at the Reformation, and becoming known as “The Friars”. It was purchased back by the Carmelites on October 31, 1949 (the vigil of All Saints). A Mass was celebrated once again, and in the words of the first prior of the restored community, Father Malachy Lynch, life returned! After, you will have some time to enjoy lunch on your own, and then board the bus to Canterbury. Located on the River Stour, we will visit St. Augustine’s Abbey, a UNESCO Heritage site. The Abbey was founded by a monk who was sent there in 597 by Pope Gregory in order to evangelize and spread Catholicism, which he did for 7 years until he died. Canterbury became the seat of the Roman Catholic Church in England, at a time which Archbishop Thomas Becket was appointed in 1162. Next, we will continue the journey to Dover for a three-course dinner at a local restaurant. We will arrive at hotel in time for check in, where you will be able to relax and enjoy a restful night’s sleep.

Day 3 | Wednesday, July 23: Dover Cliffs - Dover - Canterbury - Cambridge

We will begin the day with a breakfast at your hotel before heading to the Cliffs of Dover for some exciting sightseeing. We will tour Dover Castle and its tunnels – this medieval castle in Kent was founded in the 11th century and is one of the nation’s largest. Return to Canterbury, only this time, visiting St. Dunstan’s Church to celebrate the Mass before heading to Canterbury Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and while it was founded in 597, it was completely rebuilt in the 11th century. Many pilgrims visit this famous Cathedral to venerate the Shrine of St. Thomas Becket, who was murdered here in 1170. Following some free time on your own to grab lunch, we will board the bus to be transferred to Cambridge. After checking in, you will have some free time on your own before we gather to enjoy dinner followed by an overnight.

Day 4 | Thursday, July 24: Cambridge - Ely - Walsingham - Cambridge

This morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel before visiting Ely Cathedral. Formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, it was built in 672 and attributed to St. Etheldreda. It is the oldest Catholic Church in England and served as a safe-haven for Catholics who continued to celebrate the Mass despite the Catholic persecution in the 17th century. You will also find the Shrine to St. Etheldreda, an incorrupt Saint, who lived a life of austerity and saved many through her powerful intercessions from Heaven. Next we visit Walsingham to visit the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, as well as the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. In 1100, Richilde de Fervaques was a wife of a wealthy Lord of the Manor of Walsingham Parva, and she dreamed that she was being transported to the house in Nazareth where the Virgin Mary received the Annunciation of Christ’s birth. In the dream, she was told to build a replica of the house, and so she did. Soon afterward, the wooden house was moved about 200 feet very mysteriously. News spread and pilgrims arrived, including many English monarchs who visited Walsingham over the subsequent centuries. We will celebrate the Mass here, and return to Cambridge for three-course dinner, and restful overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, July 25: Cambridge - Birmingham

After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin a half-day guided walking tour of Cambridge before lunch on your own. Our next visit is to Birmingham where we will take a short tour around the city. Driving through, you will see the rich history, culture, architecture, and its parks. From the Birmingham canals that are longer than those in Venice (Italy), to going through Victoria Square. Take in the unique shape of the Victoria Law Courts which the stones were laid by Queen Victoria. Drive past the Birmingham Library which is one of the largest public libraries in Europe. We will arrive at the Oratory on Hagley Road, where we will celebrate a private Mass. Also known as “The Oratory of Saint Philip Neri” or the “Cardinal Newman Memorial Church”, the Oratory is a community of Priests and Brothers, and is a Parish in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Founded by St. John Henry Newman in 1848, the Church is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, and was also the first house in the Order of the Congregation of the Oratory. Following the visit, we will transfer over to Hotel for check in, and enjoy dinner and an overnight.

Day 6 | Saturday, July 26: Birmingham - Kidderminster - Stratford upon Avon - Oxford

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Then we begin the day in Kidderminster to visit Harvington Hall, a moated medieval Manor House. Here we have a guided tour visiting the tea rooms, malt house, visitor center, and gardens. As history teaches us, the great nephew (Humphrey Packington) inherited the estate in 1578. He is the man who built the house that we see today. He was a Catholic at the time of Queen Elizabeth I, which was a dangerous time for Catholics given that Mass was outlawed. For that reason, he built his house with a series of Priest hides. He would refuse to attend the Church of England, and so they fine him monthly, with an increase each time. Not being able to afford the fines, he would attend the Mass but put wool in his ears. Later on, he would then go to houses like Harvington Hall to celebrate the Mass. Continue on to Stratford upon Avon for a half day sightseeing tour, as well as celebrating the Mass at St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church. This town is also famous for being the hometown of William Shakespeare. Enjoy some time on your own for lunch in the town, and then board the bus to make our way to Woodstock to visit the Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO Heritage site, and birthplace of Winston Churchill. We will finish the day in Oxford where we will check-in at hotel, unpack, and enjoy a dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Sunday, July 27: Oxford

After breakfast, we start the day touring all that Oxford has to offer – including Oriel College, Wolvercote Cemetery to visit J.R.R. Tolkien’s gravesite, the Holy Trinity Church, and the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin. Continue on to Littlemore where we visit St. John Newman’s House at the College at Littlemore. While here, we will celebrate the Mass. As many of you are aware, St. John Henry Newman was recently Canonized in 2019. He is an important figure in English Catholic history as he was a poet, scholar, and theologian who converted to Catholicism in 1845 and worked tirelessly to restore Catholic roots in England. Return to Oxford for some free time to explore the town before gather in the evening to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Return to hotel for a restful night’s sleep.

Day 8 | Monday, July 28: Oxford - Windsor - London

Start the day with breakfast, and then head to Windsor to see one of the country’s largest and most famous castles. This royal residence has been in use since the 11th century, and attracts tourists from all over the world. Enjoy lunch on your own in this charming town surrounding the castle, before heading to London. After checking in to our hotel, we will visit Westminster Cathedral for the Mass. From there, we make our way over to West Minister Abbey which was inspired by Gothic architecture, and contains numerous paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles, and artefacts. The Abbey is also the resting place to many monarchs and therefore is held as one of the most momentous locations in the United Kingdom. Tonight, enjoy a three-course dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 9 | Tuesday, July 29: London

Spend the day exploring London, one of the world’s greatest cities! Visit historical landmarks like Big Ben, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Square, Regent Street, and Trafalgar Square. Feel immersed in British culture as you explore the city on a guided tour. After lunch on your own, we will celebrate the Mass at Brompton Oratory, also called the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure before reconvening for dinner at a local restaurant followed by a musical show. End the evening by retiring to our room for a restful overnight.

Day 10 | Wednesday, July 30: London

After breakfast, we will continue touring this great city. Today starts with a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral, including a tour of the Crypt in the lower level. From there, we see the iconic sites like the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London. It is worth noting that St. Thomas More was imprisoned here from 1534 until the day of his execution on July 6, 1535. He remained King Henry’s loyal servant, but God’s first. His remains are buried beneath the Church of St. Peter and Vincula (St. Peter in Chains) within the Tower of London. Continuing on, we will also see the Parliament Houses. Enjoy a lunch on your own at a local restaurant in the area before you make your way to celebrate the Mass at Tyburn Convent. The word “Martyr” means “witness”. It would later be applies to those who witnessed their faith in Jesus Christ by laying down their lives for Him. In the Martyr’s Shrine at Tyburn Convent, they honor more than 350 Catholic Martyrs. 105 of them are known to be Tyburn Martyrs who witnessed their faith by dying for it during the Reformation in the 16th and 17th Century. Some of them include Edmund Campion, Oliver Plunkett, John Roberts, Margaret Ward, and Ralph Sherwin. You will have the remainder of the afternoon to continue exploring London on your own. You can return to sites we visited, take in some new sites, or go shopping for souvenirs. This evening we will celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant, and return to your hotel in time to pack and overnight.

Day 11 | Thursday, July 31: Return to the USA

After a restful sleep, a full breakfast, and wishing heartfelt goodbyes to your fellow pilgrims and to England – you will board your transfer to the Airport for your return flight(s) home.

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About England:

On this nine-day tour travel throughout England to learn of its rich and well-documented history. Visit Amesbury, the UK’s oldest occupied settlement and home to Stonehenge, one of the biggest wonders of the world. See the best-preserved manuscripts of the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral as well as beautiful scenes of the stories of Genesis and Exodus. In Bath, celebrate Mass at St. John the Evangelist’s Church. In Birmingham visit St. Philip’s Cathedral and the Oratory Church which was visited by Pope Benedict XVI. In London visit St. Etheldreda’s Church in Ely Place, the oldest Catholic Church in England which served as a safe-haven for Catholics who were persecuted in the 17th century as well as many famous landmarks of this magnificent city. In Walsingham visit the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham which was established in 1061, here you will celebrate Mass at the Slipper Chapel which is dedicated to the patron Saint of Pilgrims to the Holy Land, Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

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About England:

On this nine-day tour travel throughout England to learn of its rich and well-documented history. Visit Amesbury, the UK’s oldest occupied settlement and home to Stonehenge, one of the biggest wonders of the world. See the best-preserved manuscripts of the Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral as well as beautiful scenes of the stories of Genesis and Exodus. In Bath, celebrate Mass at St. John the Evangelist’s Church. In Birmingham visit St. Philip’s Cathedral and the Oratory Church which was visited by Pope Benedict XVI. In London visit St. Etheldreda’s Church in Ely Place, the oldest Catholic Church in England which served as a safe-haven for Catholics who were persecuted in the 17th century as well as many famous landmarks of this magnificent city. In Walsingham visit the Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham which was established in 1061, here you will celebrate Mass at the Slipper Chapel which is dedicated to the patron Saint of Pilgrims to the Holy Land, Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

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