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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Stuttgart and Freiburg pilgrims in Canterbury

Fr Ken Dimmick with some of his pilgrims
"To Caunterbury they wende"... so says Chaucer in his Canterbury Tales. And off to Canterbury, from Stuttgart and Freiburg, went a group of pilgrims last week, led by the Revd Canon Ken Dimmick. Fr Ken is priest-in-charge of St Catherine's Stuttgart and is Area Dean of Germany.
The pilgrims spent time worshipping at the Cathedral and touring the venerable building with its shrine to the martyrdom of St Thomas Becket. They also visited other sites in the area, including St Martin's Church which St Augustine used as his mission headquarters upon his arrival in England from Rome in 597, and the ruins of the abbey he founded. 

The Ven Jonathan LLoyd
I was invited to join the pilgrims for Evensong on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for a splendid dinner afterwards. The former Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, the Venerable Jonathan LLoyd, who is now a parish priest in Canterbury diocese, was another guest for dinner.

A special blessing was shared with Fr Wolfgang Siebenpfeiffer and his wife Edeltraud who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Fr Wolfgang is an honorary assistant priest in St Catherine's. 

Fr Wolfgang and Siebenpfeiffer

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