Bishops’ Pilgrimage 2022 | News from Newton

In 2015, the Bishop of Durham, the Most Reverend. Paul Butler, began a series of walks to travel through the sixteen deaneries of the Diocese of Durham, meeting various people along the way, and visiting different organizations and places with the aim of being able to know the Diocese of Durham but also an act of pilgrimage and pray for the people and the regions that the bishop and his team pass through.
This year, on May 26, the Bishop, together with the Bishop of Jarrow, the Very Reverend. Sarah Clark and the Bishop’s Chaplain, Revd. Chris Knights has started roaming the deanery of Auckland, our deanery.
The party was in Newton Aycliffe on Friday May 29, as they walked there from St. Clare’s Church to visit Newton Press, where they met Paul, Stuart and Carrie. It’s fair to say that both Bishops were incredibly impressed with the community spirit and green approach of the business and both said they could have spent a lot more time there than they had. .
The next step took them on a walk to St. Francis School where they met the principal, Lisa Lakey, and staff members before meeting the students and taking a tour of the school. During the Sunday morning service at St. Clare, Bishop Sarah in her sermon said during the visit that she felt the school radiated a light. A light that had nothing to do with windows, it was a light that shone from staff and students and their friendships and relationships with each other. All in all a good morning before they left at lunchtime to walk to Shildon.

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