The Portal May 2018 - Page 7

THE P RTAL May 2018 Page 7 The Shrine of Blessed Dominic Barberi Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane visit the Shrine of this Saint who is close to the heart of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham A lthough Blessed Dominic Barberi died in Reading, he is buried in the Sutton district of St Helen’s in Lancashire. He is close to the heart of all in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham for welcoming Blessed John Henry Newman into full communion with the Catholic Church. As we were in the area, we thought a visit to his burial place would not be amiss. How right we were! It is a fabulous place. A modern church, octagonal allowed the parish to re-build the present delightful in shape with the Sanctuary taking up one segment, church, centre and shrine. it is beautiful. To make matters even better, it has a spacious car park. The Shrine is in a separate building attached to the church. It is stunningly beautiful. The Passionists had We were met by The Revd Deacon John Mcloughlin a monastery here, but when numbers dwindled, it was and Sister Eileen of the Sisters of the Cross and the sold to a developer who built the present Church, the Passion. That Dominic chose to be buried in St Helen’s Church Centre, and a number of houses. The site is seemed strange to us. It seems he had visited St Helen’s tastefully done and a credit to the area. The Church before the church was built and chose the site for the shares a priest with the neighbouring Parish now. Victorian Church, but died before it was consecrated. He had instructed that he be buried in it, and he was. Blessed Dominic Barberi was buried in the old It seems he knew Ignatius Spencer who hailed from church of St Anne. But when the new church was built, Althorp. He was an Anglican involved with the Oxford his remains were transferred to the new building. The Movement who was also received into the Catholic big day of the year here is 26 th August, the feast of Church. It was he who founded the Society of St Blessed Dominic Barberi, now usually transferred to Vincent de Paul, so valuable to the Catholic Church in August Bank Holiday. England today. Here we have yet another site well worthy of a visit, This part of the world must have been a hotbed should you be in the area. Indeed you may also arrange of Catholicism during the Victorian Era, because a Pilgrimage to this wonderful place. It is, as they say in Elizabeth Prout is also associated with the church. East Anglia, a “thin” place. The space between heaven She was foundress of the Sisters of the Cross and the and earth is thin here. Maybe T he P ortal will organise an Ordinariate Pilgrimage here one Saturday. What do Passion. you think, dear readers? St Helen’s was a mining area, and the old church Discover more about the Shrine of Blessed Dominic began to subside because of the mining work below. The National Coal Board paid compensation that on the website www.skycentral.co.uk/saintannes