St Stephen's Blog

October 21, 2018

After our long journey neared it's end on a narrow country lane, we wondered if we had journeyed to the middle of nowhere, when suddenly we came upon the entrance to the shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Entering a courtyard we were at once in the presence of peace and sanctuary. A simple pool with a gentle fountain providing calm. The garden, with meandering pathways bordered by beds of flowers planted in natural drifts. In September the planting scheme was...

October 7, 2017

A sleepy but happy band of 11 pilgrims gathered in church at 7.15  on Monday September18th for a celebration of Mass before embarking on Master Thomas,our coach, for our journey to Walsingham.

As we set off Father Andrew gave each of us a sealed envelope containing a rosary. Driven expertly by Tom, our excellent driver, we paused for lunch  at Spalding. The journey passed very quickly and it didn't seem long before we were swooping down the narrow lanes and...

February 1, 2017

A number of people have asked about my work at Westminster Abbey, so I thought I might use this article for just that.

I have been a Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey since 2004. The post is by invitation. There are around fifty of us to cover each week of the year, each Chaplain spending (usually) one week each year ‘in residence.’ The residence bit is literally true, as the Abbey provides a flat in the precincts, in Little Cloister, where we live from Sun...

June 6, 2015

Our team of servers from Saint Stephen’s headed the long procession of pilgrims who came from Blackburn, Manchester and Chester Dioceses to join Bishop Philip on the journey to the Shrine.


The procession set off from the lovely church of St. Mary, Fernyhalgh and wended its way along the pretty country lane the quarter of a mile to the Shrine. Bishop Philip said the Rosary as we all walked slowly along. The wooden statue of Our Lady, surrounded by pink and w...

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