Page 12, 11th February 2011

11th February 2011
Page 12
Page 12, 11th February 2011 — Converts walks to Mexico

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.


Organisations: Andrews University
Locations: Bristol, Jerusalem, London


Related articles

Walsingham Still The Nation's Favourite Place Of Pilgrimage

Page 2 from 15th August 2003

25th National Pilgrimage

Page 7 from 19th June 1959

Mary's Mission

Page 1 from 15th May 1987

The Road To Walsingham

Page 7 from 20th January 1984

Students Head For Norfolk

Page 3 from 15th March 1991

Converts walks to Mexico

ON SUNDAY January 23, which marked the close of the Week of Prayer for Christian unity, James Bruce set off from Walsingham in Norfolk with the aim of getting to another Marian shrine on the other side of the world – Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, writes David Hothersall.

Mr Bruce, 36, is from Bristol. He was received into the Church while studying Russian at St Andrews University. He completed a six-month pilgrimage on foot from London to Jerusalem, raising £2,000 for Mary’s Meals.

He said: “I was amazed by the kindness of people along the route, especially in Turkey. The only problem I had was with the police sometimes, who thought I might be a homeless person.” Sleeping arrangements varied from the back of a lorry, bus shelters and church porches to people who opened up their homes and welcoming monasteries along the way. “I find that after a couple of hours walking, you might as well keep going,” he added. He cheerfully described the pilgrimage as a “walk to a lake on the way to a church” since he intends to visit Lake Baikal in Siberia, the world’s largest freshwater lake, on his way to Guadalupe in Mexico after “somehow getting across the Pacific”.

He is paying for the pilgrimage himself, thanks to a legacy from his late grandfather. He is raising money for Mary’s Meals, the international charity that sets up projects where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. It was founded by Mr Bruce’s second cousin, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who was recently appointed an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Mr Bruce says he was “quite a militant atheist” in his teenage years, with strong objections to the way the Church exerted moral influence.

He began drawing closer to the Christian faith at his uncle’s funeral, whom he later realised was a Catholic, and whom he remembers for his serenity.

blog comments powered by Disqus