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St Chad ecumenical pilgrimage 

St Chad pilgrimage

Robert Mountford writes:

On Saturday 8 June 2019, midlands Church Leaders, priests, pastors and people will walk together in prayer and fellowship over the 19 miles between Repton and Lichfield. The St Chad Pilgrimage will take around nine hours to complete, including pauses for prayer and refreshment en route. 


All five fixed prayer points on the pilgrimage have significant, historic Christian roots:

St Wystan’s, Repton, our starting point, was established in the 7th Century and was the base of the first four Bishops of the Mercians
St Modwen’s, Burton upon Trent, is the location of the place of prayer established by the Irish nun St Modwen in the 7th Century
All Saints, Alrewas, has over 1,000 years of history as a place of prayer
St Chad’s, Lichfield, is the site of the house of prayer established by St Chad in 669AD 
Lichfield Cathedral, for many centuries the resting place of St Chad’s remains, was founded on Christmas Day 700AD

TKC logoSince Saturday 8 June is Pentecost Saturday (except for Orthodox believers), it falls within the ‘Thy Kingdom Come‘ novena. This introduces a contemporary ecumenical prayer aspect to the pilgrimage, powerfully complementing its Christian heritage context. 

Church Leaders

The following midlands Church Leaders will participate in some or all of the St Chad Pilgrimage on 8 June: 

The Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, 99th successor of St Chad as Bishop of Lichfield
The Rt Revd Jan MacFarlane, Bishop of Repton in the Anglican Diocese of Derby
The Rt Revd Pat McKinney, Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham
Mgr Tim Menezes, Vicar General in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham
Revd Rachel Parkinson, Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District of the Methodist Church
Revd Mike Fegredo, Regional Minister for the East Midlands Baptist Association
Revd Adrian Argile, Regional Minister Team Leader for the Heart of England Baptist Association
Revd Steve Faber, Moderator of the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church

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