Walsingham

Our chapelOur chapel

We have a community in Walsingham, a little village in Norfolk, which has been a place of pilgrimage to Our Lady, since the 10th Century.

Little Sisters Kasia, Kathleen and Pat are part of the village. Little sister Theresa who died this year had lived in Walsingham for many years and is now buried at St Mary's. For many years she was a welcoming presence at home for friends in the village as well as for pilgrims..

Kathy with a Co-workerKathy with a Co-worker

Kathleen works at the Crown Hotel in Wells where she has made many friends. She loves to cycle to work and appreciates the wide horizons of the Norfolk countryside. She also has the responsibility for fostering links between all the Little sisters in England and Ireland.

PatPat
Pat is the most recently arrived coming from Hackney. She loves to go and pray at the Shrine and do a bit of cooking for the two who are out at work. Outside of lockdown she also works several hours a week in a voluntary capacity at Save the Children.

Kasia at workKasia at work

Kasia works for the Shrine. Working with women from the village has introduced her to the Norfolk way of life!



She also works at home making pottery figures especially of the crib and Mary giving her baby to the world.. Kasia who is from Poland previously worked with other Little sisters in the circus, travelling to different countries of Europe. She was also in a community of Little sisters earning a living working on fairgrounds and more recently she spent two years in Czestochowa running the pottery workshop there and gained experience.

Workshop and toolsWorkshop and tools

The heart of the Walsingham message is Nazareth and the three Little sisters seek to live this Nazareth way by being a praying presence of friendship not only in the village but also among the many visitors and pilgrims.

Likewise Bethlehem leaves its special print on our lives giving us the confidence to say, alongside those whose lives are broken, that it is O.K. to be who we are. The many pilgrims who visit our chapel receive this message.


Our chapel open day and night for prayer