Fursey was an Irish saint and visionary, mentioned by Ven. Bede, who left hearth and home to become a perpetual pilgrim for the love of God. Fursey was one of the earliest Christian missionaries in East Anglia. The site of his monastery/mission station is disputed, but he associated with the Roman fort of Burgh Castle, on the banks of the River Waveney on the south side of the marshes that surround Breydon Water.
Leaving others to continue the mission in the Kingdom of East Anglia, Fursey travelled to France and established a monastery at Peronne where he was buried.
Dr. Nick Groves’ translation of his life is available online – Fursey’s Vita . You can discover more about St. Fursey at Fursey Pilgrims
The walls of the Roman fort at Burgh Castle, once a thriving 8th Century minster, can be seen from the Walsingham Way as pilgrims pass the Berney Arms.
Fellow pilgrims may find Fursey’s lorica a help as they journey on:
The arms of God be around my shoulders
The touch of the Holy Spirit upon my head,
The sign of Christ’s cross upon my forehead,
The sound of the Holy Spirit in my ears,
The fragrance of the Holy Spirit in my nostrils,
The vision of heaven’s company in my eyes,
The conversation of heaven’s company on my lips,
The work of God’s church in my hands,
The service of God and the neighbour in my feet,
A home for God in my heart,
And to God, the Father of all,
my entire being. Amen