The importance of Hild (Latin form is Hilda) to the Christian Church both in England and further afield is recognised far and wide. Less well known is the fact that she was the second Abbess of Hartlepool, before going on to establish Whitby Abbey.
In recognition of this, two pilgrimage routes were established in 2020 - Hartlepool to Durham, and Hartlepool to Whitby. The Whitby route can be followed on a smartphone or tablet, by downloading the free app from your app store (Google or Apple) - The Way of St Hild. There are five Durham routes in addition to Hartlepool, and details can be found at northernsaints.com. The Hartlepool - Durham route (The Way of Love) was launched by the Bishop of Durham, who followed the route 7 - 9 May 2021.
In 2014 we celebrated a 'Year of Hilda' as this marked the 1400th anniversary of her birth.
Throughout the year we held a number of special events and services to help us think more about St Hilda, her gifts and legacy, especially as she was Abbess of Hartlepool before moving on to Whitby.
We produced a number of prayer leaflets during the year, each helping us to think about a different aspect of St Hilda's life, character or ministry. You can download below to use in your own prayers and reflections.