An Invitation from Leonie Caldecott:
I would like to extend a warm invitation to you, to join me and Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages for a special pilgrimage to my home country, England: “In the Footsteps of Saint Thomas More & Blessed John Henry Newman”. These two great men, separated by three tumultuous centuries, are examples of the finest hearts, minds and souls that England has produced.
We have worked hard to create a unique and special eight days, including the Feast of St Thomas More on June 22 when we will visit the cell in the Tower of London where he spent his last days. In fact, we have been granted by the Warden of the Tower the very rare privilege of attending a private Mass said for us in this very cell!
We’ll also discuss the “Second Spring” of English Catholicism and visit the Oratory where John Henry Newman was received into the Catholic Church.
Not to be forgotten is the virtuoso of the English language, Shakespeare, who lived and wrote in the era of the “recusants” who refused to abandon their Catholic faith for the newly established Church of England. (Some even say he was one of them.) We will see, and discuss, his celebrated Romeo and Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, an exact replica of the historic Globe Theater where Shakespeare himself saw his own plays performed.
I hope you will enjoy every aspect of your time with us, from places of great spiritual and historical resonance, to the people we shall meet, all of whom have a special expertise in the fascinating history of English Catholicism and especially the holy men who embody it so well.
But most of all I hope you will take away from your pilgrimage a sense of the culture of the mother country which played such an important role in making the United States of America what she is today. Dr. Robert Moynihan, the editor and founder of Inside the Vatican magazine, and I look forward to traveling with you!
— Leonie Caldecott