The National Shrine of Walsingham has announced that it has received a £4 million donation to fund major redevelopment of the shrine’s buildings and to expand its role in the Church.
The shrine which dates back to the 11th century has made an appeal to raise an additional £6 million which will be invested on quality accommodation and facilities, new accommodation for the physically impaired, a retreat and conference center, among other things. Thousands of Pilgrims each year have continued to keep in touch with the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham as more people have discovered how much pilgrimage can enhance their spiritual lives.
Mgr John Armitage, who was appointed Rector of the shrine last year in December, said: “When I was appointed it became clear to me we needed to improve accommodation and facilities." Talking about the donation, he said that “in a very short period of time great things can happen."
“When I left on December 28 for my holidays I did not expect when I came back I would bring £4 million towards the building fund," he said.
“We have been greatly blessed that a donor has given to the building fund this remarkable sum of money. So let’s give thanks to this great generosity of this particular donor."
Expressing his thankfulness to the donor, he said, “It is a great blessing on the shrine." He called on the faithful to intercede on behalf of the donor who is currently very sick “