York Oratory

Serving the parishes of St Joseph and St Wilfrid. With the shrine of St Margaret Clitherow.

St Margaret Clitherow Pilgrimage

August 17, 2019

In 1586 St Margaret Clitherow was led from her prison to be pressed to death on Ouse Bridge in York. Each year there is a Mass and procession to honour her and to pray for our country.

Saturday 31st August 2019

10.45am - Process from the Bar Convent to St Wilfrid’s Church

12pm - Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Wilfrid’s Church, followed by Benediction.

More details including the full timetable are below. In order to aid our planning we’d be grateful if any large groups hoping to attend would let us know by contacting us.

Practical Information


Train- We recommend pilgrims coming from outside the city use the train if possible. The railway station is approximately 10 minutes walk from both the Bar Convent and St Wilfrid’s church respectively.

Car- Please be aware that parking in York is expensive and the roads can become very congested especially on Saturdays. The closest car park to the Bar Convent is Nunnery Lane car park and is just across the road from the Convent. Parking outside St Wilfrid’s church is restricted; the closest car parks are Marygate, then Esplanade, and Foss Bank; all within ten minutes walk.

Bus- There are bus stops close to both the Bar Convent and St Wilfrid’s church; York also has a ‘park and ride’ scheme. See the council’s website for more information https://www.itravelyork.info/buses

Coach- Any pilgrim groups arriving by coach are asked to contact us.

The Bar Convent:

Space is limited in the convent chapel so large groups are asked to contact us first. The convent also has a museum and a cafe which pilgrims may wish to allow extra time to visit. See their website for more information http://www.bar-convent.org.uk/


The processional route is approximately one mile taken at a slow pace. York pavements can be uneven and crowded so we ask that you take care.

The procession stops at various stations for short prayers. These are: Micklegate Bar, Ouse Bridge, The Shambles, Kings Manor, St Wilfrid’s Church.


10.30- Meet in the Bar Convent chapel for private prayer.

10.45- Opening prayer.

11.00- Begin procession.

11.45- Arrive at St Wilfrid’s Church.

12- Mass (Solemn High, Extraordinary Form).