Anglican Catholic Church

ACC National Shrine (USA) 50th Anniversary Walsingham Pilgrimage

Bishop Mead on behalf of the Clergy and Laity of the Diocese of the United Kingdom extends to the Parish of St James, Cleveland, Ohio, USA greetings and assured prayer for this coming Saturday (7th June 2014) which marks the 50th annual Pilgrimage and Festival to the Shrine of Pur Lady of Walsingham within the Church there.
Commenting on the celebration Bishop Mead said "This coming Saturday sees the 50th Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at St James Anglican Catholic Church, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
St James' connection with the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and devotion to her under that title began with Canon Vivan Petersen who was an Honorary Guardian (USA) from 1946 until his death in 1966. Fr Petersen who was Rector of St James, went to Walsingham in its early days and became friends with Fr Hope Patten, the Shrines restorer. He became a life-long supporter and generous benefactor; Fr Patten wrote to him during World War II urging that if the Shrine and everyone there were destroyed he must immediately raise money in America and get it restored at once. The Shrine in St James dates from that time. The Parish left the Episcopal Church and joined the ACC many years ago and The Shrine to OLW became the National (USA) Shrine to Our Lady within the Anglican Catholic Church. I had the great honour of being the guest speaker at the Walsingham Festival there in 2008 and participated in the service and sprinkling Walsingham Water from the Holy Well in Norfolk. (The photo was taken in the sanctuary of the Church on that day in 2008)".