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  • Team members: Frank Burns
  • Event: Canterbury to Rome Cycle Pilgrimage, 29 Aug 2010 to 16 Sep 2010

The Claretians

A group of Catholic men that seek to empower others at home and abroad in over 60 countries, working with the poor, they promote social projects eg educational and health. The UK Claretians have a specific commitment to support schools and provide HIV/ Aids services for the poor in Belize.

Charity Registration No. 234026


I am very pleased to report that I arrived safely in Rome on Sept 17th 12.30pm having completed just under 1300 miles. An exhilarating, challenging experience, but also a veritable journey of discovery. I met with the companionship of others following the same route, and the kindness and generosity of so many who offered their hospitality. Thank you to everyone who has supported this venture.
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Haiti: supporting earthquake victims

January 12th saw Haiti (the poorest country in the west) suffer its most devastating earthquake. 230,000 died, along with 300,000 injured. The 6 month anniversary of the quake has reminded us of the continued desperation of the situation.

For many years, we have supported the humanitarian efforts of the Claretian Missionaries in Belize. But on this one occasion, our attention deservedly shifts to the people of Haiti in their time of need. The Claretians in Haiti have spent several years building the infrastructure of their future work, which included an elementary school, which was completely destroyed. The money we raise through this venture will go directly to helping rebuild this school.

Cycle pilgrimage: Kimbolton-Canterbury-Rome (1300 miles)

My plan is to follow a little-known historic route called the Via Francigena, from Canterbury to Rome. This route was first travelled in 598 by Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, when he travelled to Rome to receive the pallium (his seal of office).

I will be setting off on August 29th, and hope to arrive in Rome about 18 days later. Much more than a cycle ride, this will be a genuine attempt to follow the route established 1400 years ago. I will be passing through places of historical connection, seeking to have my 'credential' (pilgrim's passport) stamped and signed along the way, in order to qualify for the testimonium at journey's end, at St Peter's Basilica.

Find out more? Visit my blog: http://frankburns.wordpress.com

So my plea to you is, not to calculate the effort of the journey (which in itself is of little significance) but to calculate the inestimable value of your contribution to some of the children of Haiti. Please support them generously.



  • Arrival at the Vatican
  • Blessing and send-off
  • With Canon Clare at Canterbury Cathedral +7