Jean Thorne, Near Doncaster
“People taking part in an LTG pilgrimage on their own will soon find themselves in a warm and welcoming group. It can be very daunting, especially for a single woman, to embark ona holiday on her own. Without exception, the people I’ve met on LTG holidays have been the most friendly and caring.”
"I enjoyed visiting Hobthrush Island, near Lindisfarne Monastery, retreating like St Cuthbert, listening in the wind, watching the sea.’
‘Durham is an awesome city- One which I must return to and explore. The pilgrimage is action packed with no dull moments, but still allows time for ‘reflection.’ Love, camaraderie, laughter and prayer have to be personally experienced. And after a busy day, what better way to end than with Compline! Who needs a night cap after that?’
The Rev William Bearden, USA
“As an American and a Presbyterian, I found that exploring the Celtic Saints was an experience of mystery and exhilarating prayer. From cathedral to crypt the lives and faith of the Saints came alive.”
Mary Withall, Barnes, UK
The inspirational highlight of the Celtic Saints tour was partaking in our service at the foot of St Aidan's statue shrouded in the Celtic mists of Lindisfarne, with the sheltered priory silhouetted behind us. Our group was made up of mainly American priests, three Canadians and ten or so English with church connections but at that time we were one body standing in the footsteps of many pilgrims who had gone before us over the centuries of time. What a wonderful memory to take home.
The whole pilgrimage was a great experience. The highlight must be Durham Cathedral, but Bede’s world is so full of interest and done so beautifully it is almost a twin peak. Friday was the best day of a splendid week!
Thanks so much for an inspiring and wonderful pilgrimage. Highlights? Durham Cathedral with Lillian. The stillness and ‘think air’ of a little country path on Holy Isle; Kate, John and learning so much about Celtic Christianity, from those with a passion for it. Bede’s world and the farm animals were a wonderful surprise. The pilgrimage helped me see the Transfiguration in a new light. A lovely group with lots of smiles!
I was interested in finding out how Christianity was rooted in this part of the world and about the life and times of these inspiring pioneers who paved the way so courageously and in such simple faith and live for God and their fellow man. Good examples to follow as 1500 years later our culture coincides again with similar difficulties. This tour was graced with deep insight into scripture and relevance today with opportunity to pray and reflect on a level that heals and restores to heart and mind.
Among the many highlights was Lindisfarne, standing on the pebbles close to Cuthbert’s island, walking over the still water to the Farne Islands – great sense of ‘eternity’ and closeness to the Celtic spirits who have become very real this week due to the enthusiasm of all the guides.