Pilgrimage to the grave of this martyr from the Reformation have been ongoing since his martyrdom in 1679. Kemble was a much loved priest of the time who was killed for the faith during the ‘madness’ of the Popish Plot in 1679. Unfortunately his death was harrowing as the execution was botched and it took half an hour for the Saint to die as he was hanged. He was subsequently beheaded and his left hand chopped off. The hand is available for veneration at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Hereford.
The structure of this pilgrimage day is as follows:
10.15a.m. Monmouth to Welsh Newton
Pilgrims set off to walk to Welsh Newton from
St Mary’s Church, Monmouth after 9.15 a.m. Mass.
Everybody welcome – bring a packed lunch.
3.00p.m. Welsh Newton
We meet for Rosary, Readings and Prayers at
St. John Kemble’s Grave in the Churchyard at Welsh Newton.
Benediction follows in St Mary’s Church, and afterwards tea will be served in the garden, and produce sold.