Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Ladyewell 

Ladyewell Shrine near Preston, Lancashire is the Diocesan Shrine of the Diocese of Lancaster although its many visitors come from all over. Devotion to Our Lady of Fernyhalgh dates back to the 11th century. The Shrine has seen some changes since the Marian Year of 1987 when Bishop Brewer of Lancaster appointed Fr. Benedict Ruscillo and Catherine Stirzaker as custodians of the Ladyewell Shrine. 
The first Saturday in September saw a pilgrimage to Ladyewell from all parts of the archdiocese as we gathered to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The pilgrimage was led by Archbishop Malcom McMahon, OP. Twenty-five members of the parish of St. Joseph’s, Penketh set off by bus and reached Ladyewell in plenty of time for some quiet prayer before Mass at noon. 
After a beautiful Mass with inspiring words offered by Archbishop Malcolm we processed and prayed the rosary as we wended our way to the shrine with the Knights of St. Columba carrying the statue of Our Lady. After gathering at the shrine there was time for lunch with a welcome cup of tea provided by the shrine volunteers. After lunch there was plenty of time for prayer, confessions, a wander around the grounds or a visit to the Stations of the Cross, the Rosary Walk or the Padre Pio garden. The afternoon ended with Benediction before all departed for home, inspired by all we had seen and heard.