WAF England and Wales National Pilgrimage

There is a WAF National Pilgrimage to Fatima this year, 2018, in July.

Fr Jason Jones, the new WAF England and Wales Spiritual Director, is organising the 2018 pilgrimage. The dates are 10th-17th 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.

The pilgrimage involves a 7:30 am flight from Heathrow via British Airways, and the cost is £750 per person sharing (excluding travel insurance and return transit to Heathrow).

You can download the booking form (two pdfs – front and reverse) here and here.

There are only 30 places available on this pilgrimage, so please return your booking forms plus deposit as soon as possible.

For further details please see the booking forms or contact us …

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.

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