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A Pilgrimage in England

July 18–28, 2014

with The Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold

sponsored by The Philadelphia Theological Institute


Pilgrimage is an outward expression of an inward voyage of the spirit. Daily prayer and reflection, will thus form the basis of our journey to shrines, cathedrals and monastic sites, both ancient and modern. England is unique in that many of the cathedrals began as monastic foundations, so we will have the opportunity to visit some of England’s finest cathedrals, as well as the ruins of medieval abbeys and priories. All of these sacred places will tell their stories; yet because pilgrimage is not simply a tour of historical places, we will also have the opportunity to encounter this journey with one another and in prayer. -- Bishop Griswold


Friday, July 18           Philadelphia

Airport check-in by 7:00pm. Depart via British Airways flight #68 at 10:00pm.


Saturday–Monday, July 19–22 Canterbury

Arrival London/Heathrow Airport at 10:10 am. We travel to Canterbury via motor coach. Our base for three nights will be at the Cathedral Lodge, a three-star hotel located within the walled and secluded grounds of the Cathedral. Each room has a superb view of the Cathedral, the mother church of England and the Anglican Communion. Canterbury is where St. Augustine brought the Christian message and the monastic rule to England. While in Canterbury, we will  tour the Cathedral and enjoy a Candlelit pilgrimage. We will visit St. Augustine’s Abbey and the burial place of St. Augustine. We will also visit St. Martin’s Church which predates Augustine’s arrival and within whose walls people have worshiped for over 1,400 years.


Tuesday- Thursday  July 22–24     Salisbury

After breakfast we travel to Salisbury via motor coach. En route we stop in Chicester to visit the Cathedral before continuing to Salisbury for the next three nights at Sarum College located within the Close. The college offers uninterrupted views of the Cathedral. Some of the highlights of our visit include the Cathedral, completed as a single construction project in 1258 boasting the tallest spire in England. Our time there includes a walk along the ancient footpath made famous by John Constable who painted the city from the water meadows. Enjoy a stroll to Bemerton leading us to the St. Andrews Church made famous by the priest and poet George Herbert. Visit Winchester Cathedral dating to the 7th Century and has one of the most ornate and beautiful great altar screens in England.


Friday, July 25 London

We continue via motor coach to London via Wells to visit the Cathedral begun in 1175 and known for its creative use of scissor arches which saved the building from collapsing. For three nights we will stay at Copthorne Tara Hotel located in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Our program today will conclude at Westminster Abbey for Evensong


Saturday, July 26 Little Gidding

A day trip by motor coach to visit the hamlet of Little Gidding and the church, described by T.S. Eliot in Four Quartets, where the Ferrar family worshiped daily, and in front of which Nicholas lays buried in a simple altar tomb. Across the meadow from Little Gidding lies the village and church of Leighton Bromswold. The latter was renovated by George Herbert. It reflects the understanding he and Nicholas Ferrar had in the balance between word and sacrament reflected in a still relatively new Book of Common Prayer.

Sunday, July 27 London

A day of rest and/or to explore on your own

Monday, July 28

London / Departure

Depart hotel at 12noon. Heathrow Airport check-in by 2:15pm. Depart via British Airways flight #69 at 5:15pm. Arrival Philadelphia at 8:10pm

Tour Price: $3,455 per person based on two people sharing a room

Land Only Price: $1,990 per person

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For further information, contact: The Rev. Canon James L. Shannon




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