Diocese welcomes young pilgrims on the first part of pilgrimage

Young people from the Diocese of Liverpool are preparing to welcome compatriots from the Anglican diocese of Virginia later this month.

Young people from the Diocese of Liverpool are preparing to welcome compatriots from the Anglican diocese of Virginia later this month. The young people are on the diocese’s first ever youth pilgrimage aimed at furthering links between the Dioceses of Liverpool and Virginia.

Arriving in the UK on June 19th, the pilgrims will spend the first couple of days exploring London with time in Westminster Abbey and a tour of the House of Lords, meeting Bishop James.

From the 21st the pilgrims will be welcomed into our diocese and spend time with a similar group of young people from Knowsley. They will share the rest of the time with the Knowsley group carrying out

• Community activities in Knowsley helping with lunch clubs, in schools and similar
• Tour of both cathedrals in Liverpool
• A trip to North Wales to include Aspagh Cathedral and Caenarfon Castle
• A visit to cultural sites in Liverpool including the slavery museum


The Knowsley young people have been preparing over a number weeks to meet their counterparts. This included a week of outward bounds activities, prayer and worship in the summer.

The pilgrimage, organised by Rev Malcolm Rogers, Chair of the Anglican Partnership and Links Forum, is one of many events designed to strengthen the diocese’s links with Virginia.

As well as the trip this June, the young people are raising money to go over to the states in 2013.

Malcolm said “these grassroots links are important. In learning about ourselves and each other we also learn about God. My clear aim is that our links will help nurture faith and provide experiences and resources that support mission”

Picture: the young people from Liverpool preparing to meet the Virginia visitors