Faith and the future
Over to Mary
THE DECISION BY THE Bishops of England and Wales to renew the dedication of the country to Mary – following the original dedication by Richard II in the 14th century – taps into an important spiritual reserve. The Scottish Bishops similarly dedicated Scotland to Our Lady at the shrine of Carfin in 2017. And without ignoring that great nation, with its own heritage and noble story, we need to explore this English thing for a moment.
My Journey to Our Lady of the Oak, Islington
Fiona Campbell Hicks tells the story of a campaign to revive Islington’s ancient pilgrimage site
Driving in Islington one day I was suddenly overcome by a very vivid imaginative experience of the Virgin Mary’s garden. It was an enclosed garden; centred around a large tree, completely filled with flowers and nature and suffused with sunlight, peace and happiness. Suddenly aware that I needed to concentrate on the road, I looked up and saw a van in front of me with the words, ‘Signature Gardens – design it, build it, maintain it!’ The song ‘They paved paradise, put up a parking lot’ ran through my mind.
Interview: A response to a call – and a look ahead
Joanna Bogle talks to Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury
FAITH magazine was delighted to be able to interview Bishop Mark as the Faith Winter session drew to its close. A graduate of Durham University, Bishop Mark trained for the priesthood at Ushaw and was ordained a priest at Stockport in 1984. He served in parishes in, among other places, Swinton, Blackley and Wigan before his consecration a bishop in 2010.