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The Big Pilgrimage

The Big Pilgrimage

What is the Big Pilgrimage?

The Big Pilgrimage is our local pilgrimage experience where you decide where you go and how far you walk. Choose from one of our three hospitality hubs and whether to walk as part of a group or on your own pilgrimage journey, then sign up and join us on the day.

Each of our venues will be open between 12-5pm offering:

  • Hospitality, refreshments and a warm welcome

  • Space for prayer and reflection

  • Interactive activities for people of all ages reflecting CAFOD’s values of justice, hope and peace.

You will also be able to find out how you can share our passion for justice and help support some of the world’s most vulnerable people including those affected by the food crisis in Sudan.

The venues

Saturday 1 June: St George’s Cathedral, Southwark


St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HR

Saturday 22 June: Ampleforth Abbey, York


Ampleforth Abbey, York, YO62 4EN

Saturday 6 July: Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury, Northampton


Cathedral Church of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas of Canterbury, Kingsthorpe Rd, Northampton, NN2 6AG

How far do I have to walk?

For those who want to walk as part of a group we will be offering:

  • A longer route of 5 – 6 miles lasting approximately 120 – 150 minutes. This option is perfect for experienced walkers or those who love a physical challenge.

  • A shorter circular route of 2 – 3 miles lasting 60 – 75 minutes. This is a perfect choice for families or those who prefer a gentler experience.

Alternatively, feel free to design your own route or just pop in to pray, say hello and have a cup of coffee.


X Factor’s Talia Dean launches CAFOD’s Big Pilgrimage 2024

Singer-songwriter and former X Factor finalist Talia Dean has teamed up with CAFOD to launch our first-ever Big Pilgrimage event.

Talia will lead worship songs during a guided liturgy on 1 June at St George’s Cathedral in Southwark.

Supporting the Sudan Crisis Appeal

A year on from its start, the conflict in Sudan has forced millions of people to flee their homes and they are now facing yet another crisis – hunger.

Collecting water in Sudan

At least 25 million Sudanese need immediate, emergency help. Families are already going hungry and famine is looming. This crisis threatens to become the worst in living memory.

Telley Sadia, CAFOD's Country Representative for Sudan

Our local partners are already responding but need our urgent support to increase their emergency response. They are supporting both families who have fled violence within Sudan and also refugees from neighbouring countries living in Sudanese host communities.


The funds you raise can help to provide emergency food packages and cash payments to families which allow them to buy their own food at market as well as other essentials like medicine.


Water is also a problem - water pipelines have been damaged, meaning that families are having to fetch water from unsafe locations. With the funds you raise, we can work to repair damage to pipelines and build new ones so that clean water can reach the communities who need it.

The difference your donations can make

  • £5 can provide clean water to a family

  • £22 can provide essential medicine and hygiene kits

  • £40 can provide emergency shelter for a refugee family

  • £50 can provide emergency food packages

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Support the Sudan Crisis Appeal

Join The Big Pilgrimage today and come together in prayer to raise vital funds for our sisters and brothers fighting to overcome poverty.