Our mission

A New Dawn in the


Sharing the gospel since 1987. Here’s what God has been doing since then and where we feel He is calling us to go.

Our mission

In 1897, Pope St Leo XIII prophesied that, “When England returns to Walsingham, Mary will return to England”.

We believe that renewal of the Catholic faith in these lands begins with worship of the Trinity, through devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham.

Through our annual pilgrimage and local initiatives, we unite people to share in the beauty of the Catholic faith through prayer and fellowship, growing through formation and accompaniment.

We want to see a new dawn in the Church in our country, through thousands of the faithful journeying to Walsingham.

All the lights on

This is the mandate that Myles Dempsey, our founder, gave to his successor Gary Stephens, before his passing.

“Go into the attic and bring out the treasures of the Church that have been long since forgotten” so that “the beauty of the Church [may] be seen in all Her splendour; the Church with all its lights on and all its aspects celebrated – the Charismatic, the Liturgical, the Marian, the Eucharistic, the Sacramental, the Mystical – and for the whole family to be there.”

At New Dawn, we want to show the Church “in all Her splendour”, with all the lights on. This is what we hope every person who comes to New Dawn experiences so that they can discover and fall in love with Jesus in His Church.

“Jesus Christ is Lord, now and forever, Amen!”

Our history

The Community of Christ Prince of Peace was founded in 1985 by Myles and Joan Dempsey in south-east London.

On the 26th of August 1985, Myles attended the Lion of Judah Catholic Charismatic Conference in Ars, France, and was deeply moved by the crowd’s fervour. Whilst standing at the famous statue of the Cure d’Ars, Myles said to the Lord, “This is France, what about England?” Immediately he received the words, ‘New Dawn, Walsingham.’

Two years later, in 1987, New Dawn was born. Myles and Joan held the first pilgrimage in the fields of Walsingham with over 800 participants. Since then, New Dawn has taken place every year, attracting pilgrims from across the UK and the world.

Since 1985, the Community has resided in different religious premises, eventually making its way up north to St Emilies Convent in Old Swan Liverpool.

Before his passing on 12th June 2018, Myles appointed Gary Stephens his successor as Leader of the Community and Chairman of New Dawn Walsingham.

Having naturally evolved to a non-residential model, the Community is now made up of over 150 volunteers from across the UK who prepare and deliver New Dawn Walsingham each year. 

Prophetic words

Each year, Myles Dempsey, our founder, received a prophetic word for the year ahead. This tradition and charism has continued with his successor Gary Stephens.

Join us in Walsingham

New Dawn is blessed by Pope Francis and endorsed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. It is attended by up to 2,000 participants and streamed to over 200,000 viewers worldwide.

As well as taking place in Walsingham, New Dawn has also spread to several countries including Scotland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Zambia, and Uganda each with their own team.