Archbishop Peter Smith led the Knights of St Columba, Southern Provinces Pilgrimage, to Aylesford.
The Knights came from five different Dioceses. It was their 52nd Pilgrimage to Aylesford. At the end of the Mass the Archbishop blessed the newly restored ceramics of the angels in the shrine. The ceramics were originally made by Adam Kossowski and were restored by the local potters Billy Byles and Alan Parris from Aylesford Pottery.
The Carmelite community are in the process of undertaking a major restoration of the Shrine, beginning with the roofs and the overflows. Recently the Shrine, which was designed by Adrian Gilbert Scott and built in the late 1950s/early 1960s, was granted Grade 2* listing.
See also: ICN 7 August 2017 - Carmelite Shrine at Aylesford awarded listed status - www.indcatholicnews.com/news/33139
Read more about Aylesford Friary: www.carmelite.org/aylesford
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