Bishop Lynne, Jeff, Don

On Sunday June 7th Bishop Lynne ordained Jeff Seaton as a priest.

Jeff’s journey was in many ways a pilgrim’s journey. Jeff and his spouse Don travelled on pilgrimages with Lynne and Gerald in Ireland, Italy and France. Now those paths cross again.

The service was in COVID times, so far from normal. Everyone present wore a mask and many participated by video. The in-person part took place at All Saints Anglican Church in Vernon, BC. Jeff is serving as a curate at All Saints Anglican in Vernon.


Bishop Lynne

A wonderful ceremony for the Consecration and Installation of The Rev. Dr. Lynne McNaughton was held at Kelowna BC on May 16, 2019. The new Bishop of Kootenay, was surrounded by her friends, family, fellow pilgrims and many supportive members of the church. 

While the ceremony had all the majesty and grandeur of the traditional installation of a Bishop, to the careful pilgrims eye you would see the Celtic knots in the program, hear those evocative hymns we loved to sing and feel the psalms said or chanted on the journey.

Bishop Lynne enters this new path with her same old smile and grace. 

Bishop-Elect Lynne

Today Lynne McNaughton was elected Bishop for the Diocese of Kootenay! Jeff and Don Seaton (veterans of three pilgrimages) surprised Gerald and Lynne by joining them for a celebratory tea in downtown Kelowna. 

Lynne will be consecrated Bishop on May 16, 2019; until then she is Bishop-elect. The Anglican Diocese of Kootenay covers much of southeastern British Columbia, including the Okanagan and Columbia Valleys. 

Bishop-elect Lynne with Gerald and pilgrim friends

Website address update

In a recent update to the site we have simplified the web address. You can find the site at spiritual-pilgrimage.com. The old address had an extra /main/ that is now unnecessary.

When in doubt, use the menu bar above to get you to your pilgrimage information or photos.

Congratulations to Oriole

Pilgrim Oriole Vane Veldhuis has been honoured for the book she wrote, “For Elise: Unveiling the Forgotten Woman on the Criddle Homestead.” Here is an excerpt from the message telling about the good news:

“Art and I were visiting in a farm house in Ontario on snowy Mothers Day when I checked my email. Well, there is was—a letter of congratulations for receiving the Margaret McWilliams award for local history. I could not believe it, for the two others shortlisted were published by the University of Manitoba Press and the Asper School of Business. Who would expect Oriole’s self-published book to win! But it is true and my great grandmother, Elise’s story will become even more known. The award will be presented at the Manitoba Historical Society’s annual meeting June 8. You can check out their webpage.


“I am just getting organized from our wonderful three week holiday visiting old friends in Ontario so I can’t linger. I just wanted you to know that your support through the long years of writing was, and is appreciated.  I celebrate this honour with you. Please pass on the good news.

“Love Oriole”