(No, we are not talking about the new St. Margaret’s Ordinariate Church in Hockley, Texas, but the Ordinariate Mission in Hockley, Essex, England!!!)
Twelve members of the Hockley Ordinariate Mission spent four days in Easter Week on Pilgrimage to Walsingham. They were accompanied by Fr Jeffrey Woolnough, the group’s Pastor, and Fr Anthony Homer from the London Central group.
The pilgrims stayed at the Anglican Shrine and their Pilgrimage activities happened both there and at the various Catholic locations of the Church of the Annunciation in the Friday Market, the Chapel of Reconciliation and the Slipper Chapel.
Mike Halsall, one of the pilgrim group, said it was a wonderful ecumenical occasion. “We were made supremely welcome as residents of the Anglican Shrine, bumping into old and familiar faces, but realising also that our spiritual lives reside elsewhere.
Our pilgrimage included many of the traditional aspects of the past, such as a first and last visit to the Holy House, and joining in with Evening Prayer. However, it was equally a joy to share in the Mass and other devotions with our Catholic brothers and sisters in the local Church of the Annunciation, and the Chapel of Reconciliation.
Given the glorious sunshine, trips out to Wells-next-the-Sea and Cromer added to the holiday atmosphere , as did a tipple or two. This will hopefully be the first of many such residential Pilgrimages, and we hope to be joined by first-time pilgrims from the local Southend deanery.”
(adapted slightly from the UK Ordinariate website)