The annual pilgrimage to Rodsley, the place of Saint Ralph Sherwin’s birth and childhood years, is organised by the Sherwin Society and has taken place every year since 1977 when it was first instituted. Rodsley is a small village dating back as far as the Doomsday Survey in which it is recorded under the name of Redeslei. Ralph Sherwin was born here in 1550 and lived in the village until moving to Oxford to commence his university studies.
The pilgrimage takes place one Sunday in June and is usually led by the Bishop of Nottingham. The faithful assemble by the village crossroads close to which a plaque was erected in memory of Saint Ralph in 1976 before processing whilst reciting the Rosary to a nearby barn where Mass is celebrated with a guest preacher invited each year to expound some aspect of the saints life.
Dates are published in the news section of the website near the time of the next pilgrimage. To keep informed and to support this endeavour please consider joining the Sherwin Society.