The Way of Our Lady of Guadalupe - 34 miles, 3-4 days

A Pilgrim Way for the Catholic Diocese of Northampton from the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate & St Thomas of Canterbury in Northampton to the Diocesan shrines of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour at Great Billing and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Bedford.

After leaving the Cathedral the Way passes (St Thomas) Becket's Well then alongside the River Nene to Great Billing. The route passes through Olney and then beside the River Great Ouse to Turvey with its working Abbey and Monastery. The Way visits Emmaus Village Carlton, a community for formerly homeless people, then on beside the River again to reach Bedford. The Way is relatively flat.

In 1531, Our Lady is said to have appeared in Guadalupe, Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to a peasant named Juan Diego. She left an image of her appearance on his cloak, which still exists in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. A replica of this image can be seen in the Church of the Holy Child & St Joseph in Bedford.

About the Catholic Diocese of Northampton

The diocese is within the ecclesial province of Westminster. In 1840, the Apostolic Vicariate of the Eastern District was created out of the Midland District.

On the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in England and Wales in 1850, most of the Eastern District became the Diocese of Northampton.

Its first bishop was William Wareing, previously Vicar Apostolic of the Eastern District.

On 13 March 1976, Pope Paul VI formed the Diocese of East Anglia for the counties of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk by detaching these counties from the Diocese of Northampton.

Visit the official website for The Way of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and get your pilgrim passport.

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