WAF England and Wales National Pilgrimage

At the present moment we are still hoping to be able to go on the National Pilgrimage – but we will inform pilgrims of any necessary changes to that position. Also, at this time we are NOT taking any new bookings.

There is a WAF National Pilgrimage to Fatima this summer.

Fr Jason Jones, the new WAF England and Wales Spiritual Director, is organising the 2020 pilgrimage. The dates are 9th-16th July.

This pilgrimage will include the special ceremonies on the twelfth and thirteenth of the month, and includes return Flights to Lisbon, half-Board in Domus Pacis hotel, and all taxes & coach tours.

Flight details are below and pilgrims will need to book their own flights. Prices for flights are going up steadily, so the sooner bookings are made the better.

We are trying to make this pilgrimage as cheap as possible and likewise, for your convenience, apart from Heathrow, there are also flights from Bristol and Manchester airports.


3  flight options – Bristol, Manchester and Heathrow

1) EasyJet Bristol to Lisbon

Flight 6253, 9 July
Depart Bristol 13.45, Arrive Lisbon 16.20

Return 16 July – Lisbon to Bristol
Flight 6254 – Dep. Lisbon 16.50, Arr. Bristol 19.15


2) TAP air Portugal Heathrow – Lisbon

TP 1359 – Depart Heathrow 13.45, Arrive Lisbon 16.30

Return flight TP 1364 – 16 July
Dep. Lisbon 16.05, Arr. Heathrow18.50


3) TAP air Portugal Manchester – Lisbon

9 July – Depart Manchester 09.55, Arrive Lisbon 12.45

Return flight – 16 July
Dep. Lisbon 14.30, Arr. Manchester 17.20

After arrival at Lisbon Airport – Transfer to Domus Pacis hotel via coach.


The pilgrimage costs £475 for 7 nights half board – excluding flights, travel insurance, and single supplement of £150 if required. 

You can see the itinerary for the pilgrimage here …

and the booking form and an A4 poster for display are also available.

Please contact us for more details and about how you can receive a registration form and book a place on the pilgrimage.

Fatima is one of the most important Marian pilgrimage centres in the world, and its message has assumed even more prominence since the canonisation of Francisco and Jacinta by Pope Francis in May 2017.

At the Mass in St. Peter’s on 13th May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI expressed the hope that the message of Fatima will be “increasingly accepted, understood and lived in every community.”

On this pilgrimage, you will experience the beauty and presence of Our Lady in her wonderful shrine, a place filled with peace, light and the spirit of prayer, and will visit the holy places associated with it: the village of Aljustrel where the shepherd children lived, the Loca da Cabeco where the Angel appeared to them leaving the Eucharist suspended in the air above a chalice, and the parish church, where the children were baptised and the statue of Our Lady smiled at Lucia. 

On the evening of the twelfth there is the touching candlelight Rosary and procession of Our Lady round the great square, and on the thirteenth the moving international Mass, when the original statue of Our Lady, accompanied by priests and bishops, is processed to the altar and back, carried shoulder high on a bier covered with flowers, while the people sing beautiful Portuguese hymns in her honour. 

You will also be given information about the different requests in Our Lady’s message and how we can respond to her appeals for the salvation of souls. It is for this reason that her message has been so highly commended by the popes. 

You can read feedback from past pilgrims here.

Promoting the Pilgrimage

Domus Pacis dining room

If you would like to help us promote the pilgrimage, ask the parish priest if he would agree to display our poster in his church. See above for the poster & itinerary links.

Another effective method of promoting the pilgrimage is to email the parish priest a few lines about it, which we can supply or undertake on your behalf, and ask if he would kindly agree to include the notice in his parish bulletin.

History of National Pilgrimage

For many of the years since October 1982, the World Apostolate of Fatima England and Wales has organised an annual pilgrimage to Fatima, in July, usually flying from London Heathrow, although they were by coach in the early days.

The original pilgrimages were organised by George Donovan, past president of the WAF in this country, and Mike Daley, and then Terry Walsh was the pilgrimage organiser for several years. Fr John Edwards SJ led some of the pilgrimages before Fr George Dangerfield was appointed spiritual director for a short period prior to the 1996 pilgrimage. Canon Gerry O’Brien and Mgr Tom Fallon accompanied several of the pilgrimages at this time.

In 1997, Mgr Fallon became the spiritual director of the World Apostolate, and was closely involved in the pilgrimage until his death in September 2011, when Fr Gerard Kelly of St Francis church in Handsworth, Birmingham took over. Mike Daley organised the pilgrimage for over twenty years, and has been assisted by Brigid McKenna in Birmingham, who took over from Joan Walker after her death.

Canon Jason Jones, the new WAF England and Wales Spiritual Director, will be organising future pilgrimages.