Your Shrine Needs You

The Catholic National Shrine of Walsingham is a self-funded charity and relies on the generosity of the faithful to pay for its operating costs.

The Shrine Team has been working hard to reduce running costs and develop an infrastructure that can serve the needs of this generation of pilgrims.  Despite the generous response from pilgrims, in particular with respect to specific fundraising appeals, for over 10 years operational income has fallen short of expenditure on a yearly basis and the Shrine now has no general reserves.

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A fully operational Shrine serving the faithful as a place of pilgrimage requires the maintenance of numerous buildings, including the Basilica and Slipper Chapel, Tea Room, Shop, Marian Museum and two Pilgrim Accommodation Centres which are fully staffed.

As a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic, pilgrimages have been cancelled for most, possibly all of the season.  Entering 2020 with no general reserves, the Shrine expects to fall into deficit in 2020.

How you can help

We are immensely grateful for the generosity of thousands of pilgrims who over the years have offered their time, prayers, left donations and legacies, purchased items in our retail outlets, stayed in our accommodation or supported us in other ways.

In 2020, in line with our strategic target of reducing our operating deficit and ultimately replenishing our general reserves, we are in particular inviting pilgrims to consider making a regular offering or remembering the Shrine in their wills.  We are now able to offer direct debit as a method of payment which makes it simpler to administer.

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Our short-term target is to find:

  • 500 people who would be willing to give £5 a month or more
  • 1000 people who would be willing to give £10 month or more
  • 200 people who would be willing to give £20 a month  or more.

If you might be interested in giving in this way, please select the relevant option below.

Other donations are also most welcome and details of particular campaigns which we invite you to consider are listed below.  If you’d prefer to send a cheque, please make it payable to the Walsingham Trust and post it to: The Catholic National Shrine, Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EG.

With our thanks and prayers.  You are remembered regularly in the offering of Mass at the Shrine.