A Word from the Rector

On a wall in Elmham House, there’s a framed poem of Lord Monckton, who, in 1940, wrote these words about Walsingham in Flanders:

I know a place
where time stands still
at home in England now;
where all the ages rolled in one
look down in peace and quiet.

Where English fields
and English trees
are mingled with a stream,
which make
a changeless pattern for
Our Lady’s English home…….

As well as a place of busy-ness, with much activity and – thankfully- many pilgrims, the national shrine of Our Lady tries also to provide and oasis in the desert, a place of peace and quiet to sooth the soul, to help us be still and know the presence of God and the serene joy of Our Blessed Lady.

Dowry House, the Walsingham shrine retreat house, was established to offer a comfortable and quiet space for recollection. It’s on the village High Street, near the Abbey grounds, where stood originally the Holy House. The Sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham offer a variety of retreats for groups and individuals and together we look forward to welcoming you.  (Fr Philip Moger)