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Annual Pilgrimage to the grave of St. John Kemble

20th August 2017 @ 10:15 am - 5:00 pm

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.


4.15p.m.       Monmouth

Benediction follows in St Mary’s Church, and afterwards tea will be served in the garden, and produce sold.


20th August 2017
10:15 am - 5:00 pm
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St John Kemble Pilgrimage – Mrs M Walsh
01600 713316


St Mary’s RC Church – Monmouth
St Mary Street
Monmouth, NP25 3DB United Kingdom
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