Chelmsford Cathedral
Pilgrimage Journeys

You are invited to take a journey with us this Summer.  From pilgrimages of the mind, local adventures, retreats of self-discovery, to local walks and journeys along famous routes, thank you for sharing with us your pilgrimage tales.  We will be sharing your pilgrimage stories over the Summer so check back regularly for new experiences.


Gary's pilgrimage last Summer was an example of extraordinary planning and meticulous detail.  Yet he soon found that setting aside his itinary allowed him to meet with God in a new, deeper way.  Connecting with people along his walk and encountering random acts of kindness, Gary saw God at work in his life, in a way which has lasted long beyond his pilgrimage walk.  To read Cornish Encounters, please click here.





Bishop Stephen’s time as Bishop of Chelmsford has been defined by a number of pilgrimage journeys he has made.  On his first day as Bishop in the Diocese of Chelmsford, he began by praying in the chapel at Bradwell.  Shortly before his installation as the 98th Bishop of York, Bishop Stephen made one last pilgrimage to Bradwell on foot.  In 2016 he travelled from his home to Santaigo de Compostela in Spain, a journey of more than 700km.  His book, ‘Striking Out’ is a spiritual diary of that journey.  Bishop Stephen’s many journeys around Essex have also been a pilgrimage of connecting with people and he reflects on these and about what makes Essex special, in an article written recently for the Church Times.  Click here to read this article.


Jean Elliott, the Family and Children's Minister arrived in a new area just weeks before lockdown.  During a time of cancelled travel plans, Jean's pilgrimage started as a familiarisation walk around her local area but soon became a spiritual journey amongst people she had not yet had a chance to meet.  Read Jean's 'Accidental Pilgimage' here.



Do you have a Pilgrimage story?  We'd love to hear from you.  Get in contact via the contact page of our website or via social media using #chelmsfordpilgrim.

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