“It is important to keep in mind, however, that a pilgrimage is not like a vacation. In fact, making a pilgrimage to shrines is an eloquent expression of trust in God. Pilgrims carry in their hearts their faith, history, joys, anxieties, hopes and particular prayers”

Pope Francis

Walsingham 2024

Lourdes 2024

Northern France 2024

Rome And Assisi 2025

The Northampton Way

“From ancient times, Christians have made pilgrimages to holy places. They have sought to encounter the face of Christ, to deepen their faith and to touch the merciful reconciliation which Jesus offers each of us as pilgrims. Many of us may remember the opportunity to pass through a Holy Door. This may have been in Rome. In recent times, dioceses have been able to make a holy door accessible more locally. And so pilgrimage is an important part of a Jubilee Year. Holy doors reminds us of Jesus’ words in the Gospel, ‘I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.’ Pilgrimage then, is a powerful expression of our decision to follow Jesus, the Good Shepherd and to be guided by Him”.

Bishop David Oakley

The practice of making journeys to sacred sites, shrines, and places of religious significance has been a part of human spirituality and religious expression for thousands of years.

A Catholic pilgrimage is a journey made by individuals or groups of Catholics to specific religious sites or destinations that hold special significance in the Catholic faith. These pilgrimages are often undertaken for spiritual, religious, and devotional reasons.

Christian pilgrimages became popular in the early centuries, although pilgrimage as a concept can be traced back to ancient times.

As we journey towards the Holy Year of Jubilee 2025, we are encouraged to make a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saints and holy people of times gone by to deepen our faith and reliance on our Lord Jesus.

The Diocese of Northampton has the following pilgrimages planned throughout 2024 – 2025.