The first Retreat of the Heralds of the Gospel in England and Wales was held at the Padre Pio Shrine in the Franciscan Friary and Retreat Centre, Pantasaph, North Wales from 27th - 29th March 2009. The Theme was: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Confidence and the Four Last Things.
We were blessed with beautiful weather despite a forecast of snow and storms and it was wonderful to meet up with other Third Order Members who had travelled there from various parts of the country. We were made very welcome on our arrival at the Friary, and over the next three days were able to experience a wonderful spiritual renewal as we meditated and prayed together. We were also privileged to celebrate our own Mass each day, and our Retreat ended with a visit to St Winefride's Well located nearby, in Holywell. The Well is the oldest continuously operating pilgrimage site in Great Britain. This was a very interesting and moving experience and was a fitting end to a wonderful week-end.