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The SimplePilgrim will continue to offer some pilgrimages or spaces on pilgrimages, that have already been organised either speculatively, or by a Parish group.

At the present time, there are two "live"pilgrimages, both organised by Downside Abbey. The one to Fatima 21-26 July 2017 to participate in the Centenary Celebrations is fully booked, but we are trying to obtain additional hotel space. If you are interested, could you please contact us to register an interest.

There is still space on the pilgrimage to the Holy Land 21-30 July 2017 led by Fr. Anselm Brumwell, a Priest and Monk of Downside Abbey, and also a Theology Teacher at Downside School. This pilgrimage has been specifically designed for young adults between 18, and 30 years of age, who may, or may not, be practicing Catholics.

We will be visiting the most important Holy Christian places in Israel and the West Bank, together with some impressive archaeological sites. We will also spend a night out in the Negev Desert among the Bedouin, and experience the joy of camel riding! There will be lots of opportunities for exploring places on foot, swimming in the Jordan River, Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, together with kayaking in the beautiful Banias Nature Reserve. To see the full itinerary, click here

Price will be dependent on numbers, and the cost of flights, but will not exceed £900. Downside has been able to secure this pilgrimage at a considerable discount on normal commercial rates. Any young people who are interested in joining the Pilgrimage, should let their Parish Priests know if they require financial assistance, as their Parish may be able to help with this.

Please see below for a sample itinerary of the 2014 pilgrimage "In the Footsteps of St Therese". Details of the already-organised Fatima and Holy Land pilgrimages can be found on those respective pages.

Sample Itinerary: In the Footsteps of St. Therese of Lisieux

Day 1: Mass at St. Benedict's Church, Stratton-on-the-Fosse. Depart Downside by coach. Overnight ferry to Caen.

Day 2: Arrival in Caen. Mass in the Crypt of the Visitation. Tour of the Abbaye aux Hommes. Travel to Bayeaux. Proceed to Premonstratenstan Abbey at Mondaye. Tour of Abbey. Celebrate Vespers with the Community. Return to Bayeaux

Day 3: Travel to Sees and explore the town including the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Travel to Alencon. Tour of the Basilica of Notre Dame in Alencon. Visit house where Therese spent her early years and see film about her life. Mass in the Chapel at the House. Return to Bayeux for Compline.

Day 4: Depart for Lisieux. Mass in the Carmel at Lisieux and guided tour of the Visitor Centre. Travel to St. Peter's Cathedral, the Martin's family church, and where Therese made her first Confession. Travel to St. Jaques Church.Return to Bayeaux and visit the Bayeaux Tapestry or explore the town. Guided tour of Bayeaux Cathedral.

Day 5: Travel to Lisieux. Mass in the Lower Basilica of St. Therese. Tour of the Basilica. Travel to Les Boissannets. Tour of Martin family house and garden. Return to Bayeaux.

Day 6: Mass at Convent Chapel. Some time in Bayeaux before packing the coach. Depart Bayeaux for Caen. Tour of Abbaye aux Dames in Caen. Ferry from Caen to Portsmouth. Coach back to Downside Abbey.