CANON Brian O’Shea and parishioners from St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Peter’s Churches, Grays travelled to England’s Nazareth, that is, the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk. Over three thousand five hundred pilgrims gathered there to celebrate the centenary year of the Diocese of Brentwood. Bishop Alan Williams first led the pilgrims in the Holy Rosary before dedicating the diocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He then led the procession, known as the Holy Mile, from the Basilica of Our Lady of Walsingham to the Abbey ruins where he celebrated Mass.
Visiting priest Fr. Jakub said: “It was a good experience to see that the Catholic Church in England is alive and full of faith. It’s not important how beautiful the churches we have are, but how close to God we are.
“It’s much better when we are praying close to the ruins than when we have beautiful buildings without faithful believers.”