During the afternoon of Sunday 10th July 2022, Padley Chapel in Grindleford Derbyshire, was the country setting where pilgrims from the Dioceses of Nottingham and Hallam gathered.
In July 1588 two travelling priests were discovered whilst staying overnight at Padley Manor. Everyone at the hall was arrested. Garlick and Ludlam with another priest Richard Simpson, were gruesomely executed in Derby two weeks later.
An annual pilgrimage honouring the two martyrs began in the late 19th century. The Diocese of Nottingham bought Padley in 1931 and it is now owned by the Diocese of Hallam.
Holy Mass was offered in honour of Blessed Robert Ludlam and Blessed Nicholas Garlick. Bishop Ralph Heskett was the main celebrant assisted by Bishop Patrick McKinney of Nottingham and Bishop John Arnold of Salford who gave the homily.
It was glorious weather and many pilgrims from the two dioceses were able to sit outside. The day was also blessed with a child from the Bamford church who received his first Holy communion and Bishop Ralph who was celebrating 46 years of his ministry in the priesthood.
To see more pictures of this glorious day go to Gerry Molumby Album: Padley Shrine Pilgrimage Sunday July 10th 2022 | Flickr