Classic England: Mary’s Dowry
August 11 – 20, 2021
We have carefully budgeted our Classic Pilgrimages for travelers so that they can experience the unique qualities of Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages at our most affordable price, without sacrificing Inside the Vatican integrity and style. This pilgrimage is limited to 22 pilgrims. We cap the number of pilgrims because we want to keep each pilgrimage as intimate as possible.
In 2020, England will be re-dedicated by its Catholic Church as the “Dowry of Mary” — as it was called in more ancient times — in an effort to deepen and promote devotion to the Mother of God in England. The title originated in the medieval period, when devotion to Mary was particularly strong. It was believed that England belonged in some special way to Mary, who was seen as the country’s “protectress” and who, through her powers of intercession, acted as the country’s defender or guardian.
Walsingham is one of the oldest shrines to the Mother of God; and in pre-Reformation times, it ranked with Jerusalem, Rome and Compostela as one of the most visited shrines in Christendom. The message of Our Lady at Walsingham is very simple: she asks us to “share her joy at the Annunciation,” where her Son became our Savior. In preparation for the 2020 commemoration, a statue of Our Lady of Walsingham recently went “on tour,” visiting all of the Catholic cathedrals of England. Join us on this pilgrimage as we, too, journey through England, both outwardly and inwardly seeking Our Lady, and deepening our own devotion to her.
Catholic expert and author, K.V. Turley will be joining us on this pilgrimage. Kevin is a Catholic filmmaker, a writer, a journalist, a scriptwriter, radio presenter, television host, podcast presenter, film and book reviewer, and tour guide. Click on the button below to read his complete bio.
- Spend three (3) nights at the Cathedral Gate Hotel, located in the heart of Canterbury within steps of the towering Canterbury Cathedral; three (3) nights at the newly refurbished Dowry Retreat House, located in the city center of Walsingham and three (3) nights at the Grange Wellington Hotel in London, only minutes from Westminster Cathedral
- Meet Dr. Robert Moynihan, leading Vatican analyst and founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, Deborah Tomlinson, Chief Operating Officer, and friends of Inside the Vatican magazine
DAY 1: Canterbury – Visit West Grimstead
- Arrive in England and travel to Canterbury stopping on the way to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation of West Grinstead, the first Catholic Shrine in honor of Our Lady to be established in England before the Reformation
DAY 2: Canterbury – Day Trip to Ramsgate
- Attend Mass at the Shrine to St. Augustine
- Dine overlooking the English Channel and the Cliffs of Dover
- Explore Canterbury on your own
DAY 3: Canterbury
- Private tour of the famous Canterbury Cathedral, the medieval pilgrimage site where St. Thomas À Becket was martyred
- Venerate an important relic – the severed head of St. Thomas More
- Attend Mass in the only Catholic parish in Canterbury
- Join the sisters of Eastminster for tea and Vespers
DAY 4: Walsingham – Visit Alyesford
- Travel to Walsingham, stopping along the way to attend Mass at the Carmelite Shrine at Aylesford, where the Brown Scapular originated
- Meet the monks at the Carmelite Shrine
- Be welcomed by the nuns in Walsingham on the eve of the Feast of the Assumption
DAY 5: Walsingham
- Stroll through the quaint streets of this English town, which is known as “England’s Nazareth” due to its special devotion to Our Lady
- Attend Mass celebrated at the Chapel of Our Lady of Walsingham on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary
- Pray at the “Slipper Chapel” where medieval pilgrims used to leave their shoes, journeying a “holy mile” to the original shrine
- Wander the serene grounds of the medieval abbey ruins in the center of town
- Possible: drive to the coastline for tea at Holkham Nature Reserve