St Asaph pilgrims travel to saint's birthplace


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

MORE than 170 parishioners from across the Diocese of St Asaph travelled to Glasgow on Bank Holiday Monday on a specially chartered train to mark the end of the Diocesan Year of Pilgrimage.

The Bishop of St Asaph – the Right Rev Dr Gregory K Cameron – led pilgrims to the home of St Kentigern who is buried in Glasgow.  Kentigern founded the Diocese of St Asaph around 560AD.

After arriving in Glasgow, Bishop Gregory and the pilgrims were greeted at the station by Bishop Gregor Duncan who is Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway.  They then walked to St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Cathedral to be greeted by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia.

During the afternoon, pilgrims visited St Kentigern’s tomb in Glasgow Cathedral for a guided tour and prayers with its minister Revd Laurence Whitley.

Commenting on the journey, Bishop Gregory said: “It really is like a trip to our spiritual home.  Kentigern was Bishop of Strathclyde - which was a Welsh kingdom at the time - and from Glasgow he came to evangelise North Wales so in a sense we have come back to our roots.

“I hope people have enjoyed Glasgow and I hope they have had a fun time but I also hope they have got in touch with their spiritual heritage.”

The Diocese worked with Compass Tours by Rail on this final pilgrimage and the train to Glasgow started at Llandudno Junction at 0700 on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May.

This pilgrimage by train marked the end of the Diocesan Year of Pilgrimage which ran from May 5, 2013 until May 5, 2014.

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