• Humanitarian

    Fighting for the poor
  • Humanitarian

    Fighting for the poor
  • History

    Looking back on a long tradition
  • Ecumenical

    Bringing Christians together

The walkers were welcomed by choirs, historians, Bishops and senior clergy to celebrate the occasion at several of these historic sites of worship, many of which were long ago established as the seats of authority in the Southern Hemisphere and remain gems - in all their splendour and beauty - tucked away in the city’s inner suburbs.

At each stop the pilgrims prayed. 

“The history in these churches is not just confined to the buildings, but the communities of our city who lived here and even to the region”, said Canon Smith

Special significance was given to church communities scattered during the forced removals period in Cape Town’s often turbulent history, with some former residents participating. “The historic artefacts and buildings remain strong testaments to the heritage reflecting the lives of many thousands”, he said.

One of the objectives of this pilgrimage was to focus on the plight of - and raise support for - vulnerable young mothers and their as yet unborn children living in wholly marginalized communities on the crime-ridden Cape Flats.

One of the wonderful aspects of this pilgrimage has been the almost total buy-in by clergy and curates from the many denominations visited.

Cannon Rowan Smith concluded the pilgrimage at St. George’s Cathedral with a reminder that, “As Lazarites, we have traditionally cared for lepers….. Today, we care for the social lepers of our fractured society.  Our Pilgrimage is a lifelong journey.”

The Western Cape Commandery has already started planning a similar pilgrimage for next year and intends to involve a wider range of people and parishes in the Christian

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