On February 20th, a group of parishioners from St Peter & St Paul Church in Lincoln, together with Deacon Brogan, gathered for a day pilgrimage to Nottingham. With a blessing from Fr Jarosz, our parish priest, we set off.
Our first stop was the Mary Potter Heritage Centre, where we received wonderful hospitality from Sr Anita, Derek, Theresa and Sandra. We learnt about the life of the Venerable Mary Potter, a remarkable woman, who overcame many obstacles, to found the Little Company of Mary, a religious order of nuns with a charism to pray for and care for the dying.
Following refreshments we headed over to St Barnabas Cathedral to visit the tomb of Mary Potter. After Mass, Margaret, a cathedral volunteer, led us on a tour; there were many highlights, including the Blessed Sacrament Chapel designed by Pugin.
We left the city with merriment and stopped for a meal at a local eatery, which provided a time to relax and for people to get to know one another better. Home beckoned and we completed the pilgrimage by praying the rosary.
Through the inspiration of Mary Potter, who gave herself to Our Lady and developed a Marian spirituality centred around the maternal heart of Mary at Calvary (which still shapes the congregation today) the pilgrimage encouraged us to find Our Lord Jesus Christ, through Mary, Mother of God, in a new way.
With grateful thanks to all who helped make the day possible.