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The Shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe

St Thomas Cantilupe (Bishop Thomas of Hereford) is our Patron Saint.
He was a Provincial Grand Master of the Knights Templar
in the 13th Century.

We make an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine and we also held one of our main Investitures
during the Covid-19 crisis at Hereford Cathedral 3rd October 2020

Our most recent pilgrimage to Hereford Cathedral (for new members) was on 22 April 2023

Hereford Cathedral  AGM - Shrine 1

Below are some photographs taken at the Cathedral during our 2022 Pilgrimage for Ukraine

     Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 1    Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 2     

             Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 4         Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 3

Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 4 - Prayer

     Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 5 - GP  Guild   Hereford Cathedral  Ukraine - Shrine 6 - GP  DGP

               Warden of the OSMTJ Guild of St Thomas Cantilupe                                           The Grand Prior of All Britain
                                and the Grand Prior of All Britain                                                    and a
 Deputy Grand Prior of Wales


Other Pilgrim Paths


(On the Journey)

All Christians are on journey - ultimately that journey will take us home, to be with God for all eternity.

The Bible says, in Jeremiah (Chapter 6, verse16):

Stand at the crossroads and look,
Ask for the ancient paths,
Ask where the good way is,
And walk it,
And you will find rest for your souls.

Many Christians undertake such walks - pilgrimages - either alone or with others.

A Pilgrim Prayer

Pilgrim God
you are our origin and destination.
Travel with us, we pray, in every pilgrimage of faith,
And every journey of the heart.
Give us the courage to set off,
The nourishment we need to travel well,
And the welcome we long for at our journey's end.
So may we grow in grace and love of you
And in the service of others.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

[Bishop John Pritchard : Pocket Prayers for Pilgrims]

Some pilgrimage paths are well-known and traditional (such as the Way of St James in Spain).  There are also traditional pilgrimage paths within the United Kingdom:

Oban to Iona
Ely to Walsingham
Cirencester to Bath
Swansea to Hereford
Hexham to Lindisfarne
Winchester to Canterbury
Old Sarum to Glastonbury
Beverley Minster to York Minister
St Piran's Cell to St Michael's Mount
Llanfihangel Abercowyn to St David's Cathedral.

There is one which is of especial interest to us as Knights Templar - Swansea to Hereford.
It was launched on 7 July 2018 and is called The St Thomas Way.

                Thomas de Cantilupe was a Provincial Grand Master of the Knights Templar
                    in the 14th Century before he was canonised as St Thomas in 1320.

St Thomas de Cantilupe Seal

Seal of Bishop Thomas de Cantilupe
(Thomas by the grace of God Bishop of Hereford)

Shrine of Saint Thomas Cantilupe

The Shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe (St Thomas of Hereford)
Hereford Cathedral

Knights Templar supporters
Two of the Knights Templar figures at the Shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe

KTW Pilgrims
Knights and Dames of the Grand Priory of Wales with the then Dean of Hereford Cathedral
[The Very Revd Michael Tavinor, now our Honorary Chaplain]
in 2016 at one of our regular pilgrimages to the Shrine of St Thomas Cantilupe

Grand Prior and Dean
The late Grand Prior of Wales and the then Dean of Hereford Cathedral

Grand Prior  Chaplains 
The then Grand Chaplain-General (now Grand Prior)
and the late Grand Prior of Wales
and a former Chaplain of Wales (now retired)

Agnes Dei

Bardsey Island 2022 pilgrimage details to follow

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