The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Our Mission The Conversion of England and Wales The Restoration of the Lapsed Prayer for the Forgotten Dead Founded 29th November 1887

The title of Our Lady of Ransom is originally associated with the apparitions of Our Lady to St Peter Nolasco on 1st August 1253 showing him the white tunic and red cross to be adopted by the Order of Mercedarians which she wished King James of Aragon to establish. The purpose of the new order was prayer and almsgiving for the redemption of Christian captives in Moorish hands. The apparition took place in Barcelona Cathedral where the Shrine of Our Lady of Ransom is to be found. The co-founders of the Guild, Fr. Philip Fletcher M.A. & Mr. Lister Drummond Q.C. chose this title of Our Lady as they saw a spiritual parallel with the work of the medieval Ransomers. Through the members of the Guild they wished to ransom their country back as Mary’s Dowry by ransoming individuals from the darkness of unbelief and heresy into the light of the Catholic Faith.

 

The Guild was approved and blessed by Pope Leo XIII on 18th May 1889, whereupon he declared himself to be our ‘President’. Pope St. Pius X and his successors took the title ‘Protector’ [Protectore Archconfraternitatis S.M. de Mercede pro Conversionis Angliae et Cambriae]. This and several other minor titles were dropped from those listed in the Annuario Pontifico in the 1980s.

The second priest to join the Guild was Blessed John Henry Newman.

Member Categories White Cross Ransomers (priests) Undertake to offer Mass at least once a year for the intentions of the Guild and make a donation at their own discretion on enrolment. Red Cross Ransomers Undertake to say the Daily Prayer for the Intentions of the Guild, pay an annual subscription of at least £2 or a life subscription of £10, and be active in the work of the Church as opportunity offers
Benefactors Any person making a donation of at least £50 becomes a Benefactor of the Guild. Donations If you wish to make a donation on a regular basis or make a one-off donation, please contact us on 01328 820 217 or by post at: The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EG Gift Aid Donations subject to Gift Aid enable the Guild to recover 25% of the donated amount from HM Revenue & Customs, but we need a declaration from you - please obtain this from the Office The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG Legacies If you are a regular donor to the Guild please consider giving a legacy in your Will to the Guild. For further information on how to do this please contact the Office at The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG Indulgences By a Rescript of the Holy See, dated 11th June 1976, a plenary indulgence may be gained on the day of enrolment and on the following six occasions: The Feast of Our Lady of Ransom & Walsingham The Feast of St Gregory the Great The Feast of Sts John Fisher and Thomas More The Feast of Forty Martyrs The Feast of the Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales For making the September Novena for the Conversion of England and Wales The conditions are Confession, Communion, Praying for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, and fidelity to the Guild’s obligations. These indulgences are applicable to the Souls in Purgatory.

The Guild of Our Lady of Ransom

Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady

Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place

Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG

 

Telephone: 01328 820 217

Fax: 01328 821 087