The annual Paris to Chartres pilgrimage took place over the Pentecost weekend 7 - 9 June. There appeared to be a better turnout than last year and the British chapters were up in numbers, including several from the Clifton Diocese. We were fortunate to have two priests per chapter with the National Chaplain Fr Martin Edwards and Fr Gerard Byrne with Our Lady of Walsingham (adult) chapter and Fr Mark Withoos and Fr Alex Redman (from St Dominic's, Dursley) with the Juventutem (youth) chapter under the patronage of Saint Alban. Fr Bede Rowe the Chaplain at Chavagnes International College, France and also from Clifton Diocese led the Chavagnes Scouts chapter. The LMS President Dr Joseph Shaw and Jamie Bogle President of Una Voce International were also on the pilgrimage.
The weather was mixed over the three days with periods of bright hot sunshine and temperatures in excess of 30 degrees Celsius, hail showers, thunder and lightning and storms with torrential rain. Doubtless to say it made walking difficult at times especially through the mud!
Overall, however, the whole experience was spiritually uplifting and many graces were received during the pilgrimage.
Please see below some of the photographs of the pilgrimage and who knows you might be inspired to go next year?