Students from Trinity Catholic School walked in the footsteps of Catherine of Aragon and Augustus Pugin… among others… in a day-long pilgrimage to the Thames Valley on Friday, 6 July.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham, famously visited by Henry VIII’s first wife in the 1530s was the first stop. The students then took a tour through Catholic history, hearing a talk from the Parish Priest of the Pugin-designed St James Church and lunching in the newly re-opened ruins of Reading Abbey.
The site of Oscar Wilde’s incarceration was next stop before a stop in the shade under Jane Austen’s first classroom.
Trinity Principal Chris Gabbett, who led the pilgrimage, said, ‘Following a pilgrimage to Walsingham, a number of students said they wanted to visit as many of the Marian Shrines in England as they could before year 11. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to get out of school, reflect and laugh together and focus on our own emotional and spiritual development. Often these days come with ice-cream too which is welcome’.
The school is currently planning a trip next year to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris.
TRINITY CATHOLIC SCHOOL IS A VOLUNTARY-AIDED CATHOLIC SCHOOL IN THE RC DIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM