Via Francigena

69-year-old walking Canterbury to Rome

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Mary Kirk, a 69-year-old woman from Suffolk England, is currently walking ‘phase two’ of her pilgrimage Canterbury to Rome.  Mary is an inspiration in determination as she returns to the Francigena after having had to stop in Vercelli due to a knee injury in the spring of this year.  In the latest post of her blog ( we find Mary just having crossed the Cisa Pass in the Apennines.  Tuscany and the wondrous towns of Lucca and Siena lie ahead of her. 

Mary will be speaking at the Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome meeting in March, 2017.  She will give an account of her tremendous journey and offer practical information to pilgrims who are planning their own journey to Rome.  Mary describes pilgrimage as  “a metaphor for life, with its ups and downs, joys and sorrows, pains and pleasures; with its turning upside-down of plans, its encounters with the unexpected; with the people who cross one’s path, and the people with whom one walks a stretch and more. As in life, it is how one deals with all of this that brings to light one’s true self, and the necessity of transformation.”

If you would like to support Mary in her efforts to raise funds for refugees and the homeless please visit the following websites: (Refugee Action) (Shelter)

Buon cammino Mary!

Julia Peters