Confraternity AGM: Saturday 16th March

If you are within travelling distance of London or happen to be in London this weekend, the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome who look after the UK bit of the VF, are having their AGM (Link). It will be held this Saturday at Southwark Cathedral Conference Centre - always a nice spot. Nearest station is London Bridge.

You'll be able to ask questions, pick up books/guides and hear from those planning or have been on the VF. Starts at 10:30 in the Gary Weston Library on the first floor of the Millennium Building, the modern extension on the north side of the Cathedral facing the River Thames.

During the break for lunch you can try the sites, sounds and tastes at Borough Market adjoining.

Could someone replicate this on the other VF forum if not already done.
 
The main news from the Confraternity is their intention to become a registered charity this year. By being a charity they can apply for grants with the aim to provide more support for pilgrims at the Canterbury start of the VF. There is an ambition to provide accommodation for pilgrims at some time in the future.

After the AGM there were a couple of presentations by pilgrims, one of which was one by Anja Bakker who travelled from West Cork in Ireland to Rome carrying her clarsach (Irish harp) - about 3500 km. Her reasons for this pilgrimage and her earlier one to Santiago de Compostela is set out here (link). Her VF pilgrimage is detailed on her blog (here) along with her music. An uplifting and moving presentation of pilgrimage with a purpose if you have time to listen to it.

On a practical note from both presentations was the lack of help available to pilgrims in the UK and France. Calls to parishes / visits to churches did not yield much help as the pilgrim tradition is not establish on the VF. There is though the kindness of strangers should you wish to rely on finding it.
 

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