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.
Fr Jason Jones, the new WAF England and Wales Spiritual Director, is organising the 2018 pilgrimage.