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England – Our Lady’s Dowry

English Martyrs, Saints & Shrines Tour

With Fr. Sanetra, FSSP

And Tour Director Susan Kotnik

August 19 – 30, 2019

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Tour Synopsis 

Travel with us to England where the Faith was planted during Roman times!  Visit and admire this beautiful land and people, whose great deeds in olden times the history of the Church declares.  See this kingdom given by its Catholic forefathers the glorious title, “The Dowry of Mary.”  Journey with us to experience the unity of the faith of the Middle-Ages and hope for the reunion of Christendom.  Celebrate Mass at the holiest sites, including the renowned Brompton Oratory in London.  Follow in the footsteps of Blessed Cardinal Newman.  Visit sites associated with the life of illustrious English figures such as Belloc, Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, Shakespeare and others.  See where the martyrs perished in London at Tyburn and outside the Tower of London.  Join us as we walk the “Holy Mile” from the renowned Slipper Chapel of Walsingham to the ruined original shrine and abbey, one of the most popular places of Medieval pilgrimage in the Christian world.  See stunning castles and Gothic cathedrals.  Taste authentic pub food and English dark stout.  Pray where Thomas Becket was slain by knights in his own cathedral.  Do not miss out on this rare opportunity for a Traditional Latin Mass Pilgrimage to England.  Experience for yourself why God chose this land to be great.  All breakfasts and six dinners included.  Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  

About Our London Guide

Dame Joanna Bogle of EWTN fame is an English author, journalist and broadcaster.  She has a degree in theology and has a love of London and all things Catholic.  Her books include historical biographies and a life of Pope St. John Paul II.  She is principal guide for Catholic History Walks in London and a Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great.  Join her as she guides us through London, where the Faith was planted in Roman times!

Frequently Asked Questions

When?
August 19– 30, 2019
Where?
England: London, Walsingham, West Grinstead, Canterbury, Peterborough, York, Birmingham, Stratford, Oxford and much more.
Cost?
$3,799 USD per person, land-only (sharing a room).  Please note: airfare is additional cost.
Fee for Single Room?
$950 USD per person (single room is additional cost)

What is included?

  • all meals listed on the itinerary (all breakfasts and 6 dinners)
  • accommodations in England (all tourist class hotels)
  • ground transportation in deluxe motor coach (please note: in London it is a walking tour with some use of the underground/tube!)
  • professional local guides
  • professional tour escort
  • entrance fees and guided tours per itinerary (Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Castle Howard, Shakespeare Museum)
  • daily Mass with private chaplain
  • and much more

Does the cost include air?

No.  We can help arrange your flights.  Pilgrims will be coming from various gateway airports across the US and Canada.

How does the transfer from the airport to hotel work? 

The group transfer upon arrival is from London Heathrow Aiport and Gatwick Airport.  The specified meeting point and time will be pre-announced.  If you miss the the group transfer or if you arrive or depart from any other London airports (Stansted, Luton or London City), you are responsible for the cost and arranging your own airport to hotel transfer.  Please note: at the end of the tour on the day of departure (August 30), travelers will be departing at differing times and so the transfer from the hotel to London Heathrow will be made with ease on the Hoppa Bus (additional cost: est. 4.50 GBP per person).  The tour director will give you instructions and help with more info.  Taxis are also available.

Tips
A suggested total of 62 GBP per traveler for the local guides and drivers.  Tips to hotel or restaurant staff are additional.  Envelopes will be provided.  There will also be a collection at each Mass for the local church (suggested 1 GBP per person).
Additional costs?
Any personal expenses such as travel insurance, phone, beverages not included in meals, laundry, extra excursions or entrance fees, etc.  Transfer to airport on departure day (est. 4.50 GBP).

May I extend my stay?

Yes.  You may go early or stay longer at the final destination or anywhere along the way.

Tentative Itinerary*

DAY 1 – Sunday, August 18, 2019 – Departure Flight

Depart North America on overnight flight to London, England.  Meals on flight.

DAY 2 – Monday, August 19, 2019 – Arrival in London, Pulborough

Arrival at London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports.  Meet bus escort at Heathrow and transfer to hotel in Pulborough south of London for check-in.  Festive welcome dinner served with local cuisine.  Overnight in Pulborough.  (Breakfast on flight, Dinner)

DAY 3 – Tuesday, August 20, 2019 – Pulborough, West Grinstead, Canterbury, London

Drive to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation and St. Francis in the village of West Grinstead, a major pilgrimage destination in England.  During the anti-Catholic time of the English Reformation and its aftermath, this place offered a safe house and refuge for persecuted priests and seminarians.  Hillaire Belloc, the great Catholic writer and historian, is buried at the shrine.  Visit the spectacular Canterbury cathedral, one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England.  See the north-west transept where St. (Archbishop) Thomas Becket was murdered in 1170 in his own cathedral.  Continue to our hotel in London for check-in.  Overnight in London.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 –Wednesday, August 21, 2019 – London

London, the capital and most populous city in the UK.  Founded as a Roman city over two millennia ago, London remains one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world.  It is here that St. Augustine of Canterbury, a Benedictine monk, established a Catholic bishopric in 604, having been sent by Pope Gregory the Great in 595 to Christianize the Anglo-Saxon pagans.  In London we begin our 2-day “saints walking tour” with renowned guide of EWTN fame, Dame Joanna Bogle.  For the 2-day program, see below.  Overnight in London.  (Breakfast)

DAY 5 – Thursday, August 22, 2019 – London

We continue to follow our guide Joanna Bogle as she takes us through the busy city to see all the major monuments and places of pilgrim interest (in various order): Westminster Cathedral and Abbey, Parliament, the Thames River and Big Ben.  We will also visit the Shrine of the Martyrs at Tyburn, where the Catholic clergy and faithful were killed for their Faith at Tyburn tree.  Reverence their relics at the nearby convent and shrine, including those of St. Oliver Plunkett, the last Tyburn martyr.  He was Archbishop and Primate of all Ireland, brought in 1681 to London for a rigged trial, found guilty of treason and sentenced to die a “traitor’s death” at the site of the “king’s gallows,” where countless Catholics were martyred during the English Reformation.  Pray with the Benedictine Tyburn Nuns, who offer near the site of martyrdom Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Visit the Marble Arch, St. Paul’s, from the outside the Tower of London and All Hallows Church.  Overnight in London.  (Breakfast)

DAY 6 – Friday, August 23, 2019 – London

Free day in London after morning Mass at the London Oratory, the only Roman Baroque church in London.  This is your chance to explore on your own, rest or shop for souvenirs.  Feel free to visit Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard at 10:45 am (“Guard mounting”), or try a hop-on/hop-off bus.  You can also visit the famous Harrod’s Department Store or shop in Oxford Street.  Just across the street from our hotel is the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum.  Others may wish to tour the Churchill War Rooms, the Tower of London to see the crown jewels or maybe catch a Covent Garden show or live play in the evening.  Overnight in London.  (Breakfast).

DAY 7 – Saturday, August 24, 2019 – London, Walsingham

Today we make our way to one of the most beloved and popular pilgrimage sites in the English-world, Our Lady of Walsingham.  We will walk the famous “holy mile” (traditionally walked bare feet by pilgrims) from the Slipper Chapel to the ruins of the original shrine, destroyed in odium fidei (hatred for the Faith) by order of King Henry VIII.  This holy and persecuted site dates back to the apparitions in 1061 of a noble woman named Lady Richeldis de Faverches.  It is said Our Lady fetched her soul from England to Nazareth during a religious ecstasy to show her the house where the Holy Family lived and the place of the Annunciation.  Lady Richeldis was given the task by Our Lady to build a replica of the holy house in Walsingham to be a place of prayer and devotion.  The fame of the site spread – a place of miracles – and quickly became a leading place of pilgrimages in the Middle-Ages.  During Henry VIII’s suppression of monasteries the original Abbey was confiscated, destroyed and subsequently never given back.   Check-in to hotel and overnight in Walsingham.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8 – Sunday, August 25, 2019 – Peterborough, York

Peterborough Cathedral, dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul and Andrew.  A Romanesque and Gothic church dating back to the years 1118–1237.  With Durham and Ely Cathedrals, this is one of the most important 12th-century buildings in England that has remained intact.  It is an imposing Early English Gothic with a famous West Façade that is without architectural precedent, renowned for having no direct architectural successor.  One of many examples of countless historic Catholic churches that showcase the wonder and splendor of English Catholic greatness.  This cathedral, like the rest, were taken by Henry VIII and never given back to the Catholic Church; an action which led Chesterton to famously quip: “The residual belief of the Englishman is not Protestantism: it is anti-Catholicism.”  Continue driving to York for check-in at hotel.  Overnight in York.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 9 – Monday, August 26, 2019 – York

Spend the whole day in York, which has had a verifiable Catholic presence since the 4th century.  In fact, York is one of the first bishoprics in England.  The walking tour of the city will bring us through the historic center.  A highlight is the old street known as The Shambles, allowing us to catch a glimpse of how people lived in the Middle-Ages, admiring the timber-framed buildings, some dating back to the fourteenth century.  On this street is the home and shrine of St. Margaret Clitherow, canonized in 1970.  She was a former Protestant who converted to Catholicism and in her home sheltered and hid Catholic priests who were being hunted and murdered for their faith.  Fugitive priests found refuge here where there was a secret cupboard and “priest’s hole” where she hid the clergy and Mass items.  Margaret was betrayed by an innocent child and taken into custody by the local authorities.  She refused a trial because she did not wish for her own children to be forced to testify against her.  The judge pronounced Margaret guilty of having “harbored and maintained Jesuits and seminary priests, traitors to the Queen’s majesty and her laws.”  Her penalty was death by crushing; a board was placed on her and huge stones were laid upon it.  In 15 minutes she perished as a martyr.  Today she is called “the Pearl of York.” We walk from her home to nearby Bar Convent to see a relic of her hand, kept at the oldest Catholic convent in England, founded in 1686.  Marvel at the Cathedral of St. Peter in York, the largest cathedral completed during the Gothic period.  The Archbishop of York is the second-highest office in the Church of England.  The present building was begun in about 1230 and completed in 1472.  Next, visit to St. Wilfred’s, said to be one of the most perfectly finished Catholic churches in England, rich in sculptures, paintings and stained glass.  In the afternoon, drive to Castle Howard for a tour of one of England’s finest stately homes and gardens.  On the way back to the hotel, if time permits, a stop at the ruins of Kirkham Priory; the historic area was later used to test the D-Day landings and was visited by Churchill.  Overnight in York.  (Breakfast)

DAY 10 – Tuesday, August 27, 2019 – York, Birmingham, Stratford

Scenic drive through the Midlands from York to Birmingham, the second-most populous city in England after London. A market town in the medieval period, the modern city is home to a vast array of beautiful buildings, architecture, churches and parks.  Visit the Birmingham Oratory and national shrine to Cardinal Newman. Newman, a Catholic convert, founded the Oratory here in 1849 after his studies in Rome where he developed a devotion to St. Philip Neri, a later vocation who helped ignite a Catholic revival in the City of Rome.  The Birmingham Oratory, a rare example of Roman Baroque in England, is called by locals the “Little Rome in Birmingham.”  J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, was a parishioner here in his youth.  Continue driving to our hotel in Stratford for check-in.  Overnight in Stratford.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11 – Wednesday, August 28, 2019 – Stratford

A relaxing Shakespeare day in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of English playwright Shakespeare in 1564. Walk along the River Avon.  Journey back in time visiting the home he was born in, a restored 16th-century half-timbered house situated in Henley Street, now a small museum.  Next we visit Mary Arden’s Farm, a working Tudor farm, the farmhouse of Mary Shakespeare, the mother of William Shakespeare.  Nearby we make our way to Anne Hathaway’s cottage, the picturesque childhood home of the wife of Shakespeare. We also make a stop at Shakespeare’s new place, today a specially designed garden, where the playwright died in 1616.  Next we complete our visit with Hall’s Croft, an English Tudor treasure where Susanna Hall lived, the daughter of Shakespeare.  In the evening, perhaps go to the theater for a Shakespeare play.  Overnight in Stratford.  (Breakfast).

DAY 12 – Thursday, August 29, 2019 – Stratford, Oxford

A splendid visit to the University of Oxford, founded in 1096, 922 years ago.  Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest in the world.  It does not have a main campus; instead, walk through the city to see some of its colleges, departments and other facilities are scattered throughout the city centre.  Enjoy a leisurely walk to see where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien both began teaching in 1925.  Lewis taught at Lewis College while Tolkien taught at Pembroke College and Merton College.  Less formally they met regularly for lunch at the Eagle and Child Pub, on St. Giles Street near St. John’s College.   Follow the life of a popular Oxford priest, John Henry Newman, who helped shape the Oxford Movement which lead prominent high church members of the Protestant Church of England – who were associated with the University of Oxford – into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Many, including Newman, converted in the 1840s.  See where Newman lived at the College at Littlemore from 1842 – 1846, making it a place of quiet prayer and study for himself and friends. It was at the College on October 9, 1845 that Newman, the famous Anglican preacher, Fellow of Oriel College, and leading figure of the Oxford Movement was received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Continue driving to hotel near the airport for check-in.  Overnight at Heathrow Airport Hotel.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13 – Friday, August 30, 2019 – Depart for North America

Individual transfers to London Heathrow Airport for flights home.  (Breakfast)

 

 *N.B. Itinerary is subject to change.

Deposit

To reserve your spot, a deposit of $1,000 USD is due  at time of registration along with your completed registration form and a copy of your passport.

Deadline for Registration

Final payment is due June 15, 2019.  Small group pilgrimages fill quickly – register early!

Price

$3,799 USD per person, land-only (double occupancy).  Please note: airfare is additional cost.

Travel Insurance

You are requested to purchase international travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and medical – this can be done at the time of deposit/registration.  OC-Travel does not sell insurance.  Please investigate your options – you may already be covered through your current insurance provider or credit card company.  You may also purchase travel insurance in conjunction with the purchase of your flights.

Is This Tour for You?

Please note: you must be able to carry your own luggage on wheels.  You must be in good physical shape.  You must be flexible.  This tour includes a significant amount of walking in London and elsewhere.  Moderate physical activity is expected.  This includes stairs and uneven walking surfaces.  Mass will be celebrated in Latin in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Safety?

Safety is our number one concern.  You must me medically and physically fit.  Bring good walking shoes.

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