Each year the Cathedral organises an opportunity for people to make a pilgrimage
In previous years we have been blessed to visit Turkey, Greece, Syria, Rome and Assisi, Oberammergau, Armenia, Georgia, Santiago de Compostela, Jordan and Sinai.
To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark led a group to Germany in May 2017 to visit places associated with Martin Luther.
In May 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018 we went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
2018 Painted Churches of Romania
A group, led by the Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, will travel to Romania from 4-13 October 2018.
For many years there has been an annual pilgrimage programme for the congregation at Southwark Cathedral and other friends. We often go to the traditional places of pilgrimage and, indeed, in 2018 we are travelling with the rest of the Diocese of Southwark to the Holy Land. However, we also try to include in the programme places which offer something different to the Christian pilgrim. It is for this reason that we will be travelling in the autumn on 2018 to Romania.
Since the opening up of eastern Europe in 1999, the riches of those countries have been rediscovered and can be enjoyed. We have already taken groups to Armenia and Georgia to experience the life of the church in those lands. Romania, however, has a very special history and a wealth of painted monasteries that we cannot wait to see and visit. In most churches the painting is on the inside but here it is the exterior walls that are painted with beautiful frescos celebrating the mysteries of the faith and the saints. They are jewel boxes. They are also set in some spectacular landscapes, areas full of myth and legend, not least the region of Transylvania that we will be visiting.
At the heart of pilgrimage is the journey, the intentional travelling, the experience of walking with Christ. This will be a very special journey and we invite you to travel with us.
Every ten years the people of the Bavarian village of Oberammergau fulfil their vow to God made in 1634 in thanksgiving for deliverance from the plague that was ravaging Europe by performing a Passion Play. Watching the play is an overwhelmingly powerful experience. As in the past we are organising two ‘pilgrimages’ to Oberammergau in 2020 and booking for them opens today.
The first is with the Dean, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn from 26 June – 3 July staying in the Tyrol and walking a section of Jacobsweg (the Austrian route of the Camino to Santiago) as well as visiting sights from the ‘Sound of Music’ in Salzburg. The second is with Canon Michael Rawson and Canon Gilly Myers from 2–9 September staying in St Gilgen on beautiful Wolfgansee with visits in the local area, lake steamer and mountain railway and a ‘Sound of Music’ tour of Salzburg and other locations in the area. Brochures for both pilgrimage-holidays, each of which lasts a week, are available in the Cathedral and downloadable from the website.
You can secure a place for a £200 deposit.
Please note that all single rooms for this pilgrimage have now been booked.
Please send completed booking forms to:
Mr Mark Charlton
4 Chapel Court
Borough High Street
London SE1 1HW
Please email Mark Charlton for further details.