St Chad Pilgrimage
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on 31 October 2017, midlands Church leaders will take part in a walk of friendship on Saturday 23 September. The walk will begin at the midlands hub of the Roman Catholic Church – the Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of St Chad, Birmingham – and end at the historic mother-church of Mercia, the Anglican Cathedral of St Mary and St Chad, Lichfield (pictured).
The St Chad Pilgrimage celebrates the fact that, 500 years on from their cataclysmic division, Catholics and Protestants have resolved many of the doctrinal issues that once separated them and are now, more than ever before, walking, praying and working together in respect, friendship and co-operation.
Walking some or all of the 18 miles between the two Cathedrals will be the Most Revd Bernard Longley (Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham), Mgr Timothy Menezes (Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Birmingham), the Right Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave (Anglican Bishop of Lichfield), the Right Revd David Urquhart (Anglican Bishop of Birmingham), the Right Revd Anne Hollingshurst (Anglican Bishop of Aston), the Revd Rachel Parkinson (Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church), the Revd Ian Howarth (Chair of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Church), the Revd Adrian Argile (Regional Minister Team Leader for the Heart of England Baptist Association), the Revd Steve Faber (Moderator of the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church) and Majors Peter and Julie Forrest (Commanders, West Midlands Division of the Salvation Army).
These Church leaders will be joined by scores of pilgrims, who will be sent on their way at 9.00am with a blessing from Canon Father Gerry Breen (Dean of St Chad’s Cathedral) and will receive an official welcome upon arrival at Lichfield Cathedral around 6.00pm from Canon Precentor Andrew Stead. Please note that the registration deadline for participation in the pilgrimage has now passed.