Walking the Llantony Valley

Caroline Woollard, Chair of the Fr Ignatius Trust writes:

This year’s Fr Ignatius Memorial Trust pilgrimage took place on August 18— and the new members of the Holywell Community were all in the thick of it.

Fr Ignatius founded the Monastery at Capel y ffin in 1870 with the aim of restoring monastic life to the Church of England, and it remained in monastic use for over forty years.

The Trust holds an annual pilgrimage to Capel- y- ffin and the Abbey Church, including an optional 3 mile walk from Llanthony to Capel- y- ffin along the eastern side of the valley.

The day began with Mass for over 40 people at St David’s, Llanthony, celebrated this year by Fr Mark, Prior of the Holywell Community. The intercessions were led by Sub- Prior Fr Tom and the first lesson read by Br Seb.

After a shared picnic lunch, 15 intrepid pilgrims walked to Capel y ffin, this year along a dry track unlike other years when the mud has been shin deep. Both Fr Tom and Br Josh completed the walk while Br Seb waited at St Mary’s, Capel y ffin, after getting a life.

The very small, but beautifully formed St Mary’s was packed with people sitting on the stairs to the balcony or on the floor to hear the Rt Rev Cuthbert Brogan, Abbot of the Benedictine Abbey at Farnborough preach on the somewhat unorthodox Fr Ignatius and on his own life as a monk.


Everyone then processed from St Mary’s to the Monastery, now the home of Sue and Andrew Knill who have a holiday home business.

The cross was carried by Br Josh, pictured , all in all, the Trust had very good value from the Community in its first weekend.


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