The CPR was founded in 2006. We are a charitable non-denominational organisation dedicated to promoting pilgrimage to Rome on foot, bicycle or horseback from Canterbury to Rome along the Via Francigena and other historical pilgrim routes. A brief history of the organisation can be read here.
We aim to provide information and support to all those who travel the ancient pilgrim paths to Rome and beyond, and we seek to foster a sense of community among our members, so that the wisdom of past pilgrims may be shared and future pilgrims may be inspired and helped.
We provide information primarily via our website, and our email information service firstname.lastname@example.org. We also publish an annual printed newsletter and regular e-newsletters to members throughout the year. In addition our accommodation list is invaluable, and from early spring 2020 we shall be selling a print A5 booklet of Accommodation and Services in France, in collaboration with our French partners, the Fédération Française de la Via Francigena. This is an annually updated guide which should dispel any myth that accommodation in France is hard to find. We also have a Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome Facebook Page, and we administer the Facebook forum group Via Francigena.
The CPR holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) – or members’ conference, runs social get-togethers, and other events during the year to engage with stakeholders and groups involved in the Via Francigena.
Our membership is predominantly English-speaking, more than half of whom of whom are non-UK residents, coming from 20-plus countries as far afield as the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, France, Iceland and the Netherlands – but we do, of course, welcome members from all around the world.
Charity number: 1182135