Eleventh Holy Island Pilgrimage

Apostleship of the Sea trustees, chaplains, supporters and parish contacts came together on the eve of Pentecost for the 11th annual AoS pilgrimage to Holy Island on Saturday 7th June 2014. 
                   The gathering was led by the Rt Rev John Crowley, Bishop Emeritus of Middlesbrough who joined around 200 pilgrims from all parts of the north east, and beyond. They assembled just opposite St Cuthbert’s island at 1pm, for the now traditional ‘Celtic Prayer on the Beach’. This has become a very popular feature and sets the tone for the remainder of the day. 
                   Mgr Ronnie Brown (former AoS trustee and former Navy chaplain) led, with other readers taking turns, to pray for our Bishops, seafarers, those who suffer, the dead, and for peace. Mass was scheduled for later in the afternoon at 4pm to be held outside to cater for the much larger number of pilgrims expected but a decision was subsequently made to move into the church of St Mary the Virgin for the Mass of Pentecost as it began to rain.
The principal celebrant was Bishop John whilst Mgr Ronnie Brown concelebrated, assisted by Deacons Peter Barrigan and Jude Newton. In his homily Bishop John said that AoS, like the Church of which she is a constituent member, has four essential marks, each of them necessary to recognise that the Church is truly present within a particular situation.
AoS held its eleventh annual Holy Island Pilgrimage
                   The Church of Christ is One, it is Holy, it is Catholic and Apostolic. 
Similarly, AoS’ ministry to seafarers has four core principles, Mission, Solidarity, Welfare and Hospitality. 
                   After Mass, AoS chair of trustees Eamonn Delaney, gave a short address, thanking pilgrims for joining the celebration and for their support. He then spoke of Mgr Ronnie Brown, who has been ever present at all the pilgrimages over the years. The format he devised that is still being used in the orders of service for the pilgrimage. 
                   Eamonn thanked Mgr Ronnie too for the nine years he served as an AoS trustee and congratulated him in this his jubilee year when he is celebrating 50 years of ordination to the priesthood. To mark those achievements Bishop John presented Mgr Ronnie with a crystal decanter and four crystal glasses on behalf of AoS.
~ The above is an extract from a write-up by our Tees and Hartlepool port chaplain Tony McAvoy. We encourage you to read the full article here.
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