North East Catholic History Society

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North East Catholic History Society Excursions


NECHS Excursions 2014

We enjoyed two very good excursions this summer and both, wonderfully, in glorious weather.

The May visit was to York to see the developments in the Minster based around the restoration of the medieval Great East Window. After the guided tour, informing us of the history of the Minster, its windows, statuary and monuments, we could visit the undercroft where the Roman origins of the city had been exposed. Some members went to see a fascinating demonstration of the work of the glaziers skilfully conserving  each pane of stained glass in the Bedern Glaziers Studio.  
There was also the opportunity to visit the Shrine of St Margaret Clitheroe, and before leaving, we were able to hear the Minster choir singing Solemn Choral Evensong .

Our excursion in June was to the  Ladyewell Shrine at Fernyhalgh near Preston. Devotion to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh goes back to the 11th century and, since Reformation times,  she has been honoured with the title Our Lady Queen of Martyrs  because of the many priests associated with the Shrine who were imprisoned and executed.
We were made very welcome, especially by Fr Tom Hoole, the Director of the Shrine, who concelebrated Mass with Fr Michael Brown in the delightful   Martyrs Chapel near the  Ladyewell. Afterwards, we explored the wooded garden with its Way of the Cross, Rosary Walk and other smaller shrines.  We had time for Rosary and Benediction  and  finally, a visit to the lovely church of St Mary's in the village . Fernyhalgh was a beautiful secluded place with an atmosphere of peace and holiness. We agreed we were blessed to have had the privilege of visiting this remarkable place of pilgrimage.



Visits 2013 - Lindisfarne Gospels Durham and Jervaulx Abbey

Visits 2012 - Hulne Park and Stonyhurst College

Visit 2011 - Markenfield