The Columban Way Pilgrimage 2023

by Stephen Awre

Columban Missionaries are celebrating Laudato Si’ Week by following in the footsteps of St Columban to reflect on ‘the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor’.

Fr. John Boles and team
Fr. John Boles and team

A pilgrim group of ordained and lay Columban missionaries and co-workers, led by our Director, Fr John Boles, will walk from Padstow to Fowey in Cornwall from 24-27 May 2023.

Drawing inspiration from St Columban, our patron, who embarked on his missionary journey to Europe more than 1400 years ago, we will call to mind as we walk the people and places served by Columban Missionaries today, in Britain and around the world, who are crying out for peace and justice, and ask what positive action we can take to bring about a fairer world.

In partnership with St Mary’s parish and primary school in Bodmin and diocesan representatives from CAFOD, Caritas and the Youth Ministry, there will be a live-streamed Mass on Thursday 25th May and all are welcome!

Register with us today to express your interest in taking part.

We invite YOU to ‘walk with us’ on this pilgrimage. You can do this in the following ways.

Please sponsor the pilgrims!

Your gift of sponsorship will help raise funds for our Pentecost Appeal to support Columban Missionaries living and working in solidarity with the poor and the Earth, our common home.

Become a ‘virtual’ pilgrim

Register to receive direct to your email the prayers and reflections we will be using on the pilgrimage, which will also be published on Columban social media. You will also receive a link to join the pilgrimage Mass on Thursday 25th May, which will be live-streamed on YouTube.

Join us for part of the walk

Register to receive details of start and end points along the route for those able to join us in person. You will be responsible for your own arrangements and safety. The pilgrimage is suitable only for people aged 18 or over.

The Columban Missionaries are visiting parishes in the diocese of Plymouth during 2023 for the annual Mission Appeal. Knowing that St Columban journeyed through Cornwall on his way to France, this year became an ideal opportunity to walk the Columban Way.

We begin this pilgrimage humbled and very grateful for the generosity, kindness and hospitality we are receiving from parishes.

Find out more about the Columban Way Pilgrimage 2023

Register to express your interest in taking part

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