Right in the heart of Exeter resides the tiny church of St Pancras - a place of sanctuary amidst the noise and bustle of the Guildhall Shopping Centre.
On Saturday 18th September, we supported our friends at the Melanesian Mission UK to launch their new pilgrimage route, Patteson's Way.
On Saturday 18th September, we supported our friends at the Melanesian Mission UK to launch their new pilgrimage route, Patteson’s Way. Established on the 150th anniversary of the martyrdom of John Coleridge Patteson, first Bishop of Melanesia, this route celebrates his life and legacy which continues to impact the Pacific islands of Melanesia and those who inhabit them.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on his first official visit outside of London in 18 months unveiled a plaque at Feniton Parish Church in East Devon, before blessing the first pilgrims to walk the Patteson’s Way. A special service was later conducted at Exeter Cathedral in honour of Patteson.
The 8-mile circular route follows the main sites associated with Patteson, from Feniton through Alfington, Ottery St Mary, Patteson’s Cross before returning to Feniton. Find more information on Patteson’s Way here.
Elaine from Dorset was one of the first pilgrims to complete The Archangel's Way. She was kind enough to talk to us about her experience of walking the route.
On Saturday 23rd October, we were joined by friends from all over Devon to celebrate the launch of our new pilgrimage route, St Boniface Way.