«Cathedrals as a Pathway for Pilgrims – Walking together through the Wilderness» is the topic of the conference which you are invited to attend in Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim Tuesday 8 - Friday 11 February 2022. Norway has now been re-opened and the conference is going ahead. Travel restrictions into Norway were lifted in October 2021, and there are currently very few COVID restrictions in place. We are ready to welcome you in February!
We are very happy to be able to invite you to the Northern European Cathedrals Conference in Trondheim in 2022. Nidaros Cathedral is proud to host this biennial conference, and the Dean and Parish of the cathedral are looking forward to welcoming participants from cathedrals and cathedral communities across Northern Europe. We hope these web pages will offer inspiration and information on the conference and the theme of pilgrimage, and that we may greet you here in Trondheim in February 2022.
Warm greetings from Nidaros,
Very rev. Ragnhild Jepsen
Rev. Andreas Grandy-Teig
Vicar and precentor
The conference will take place in Trondheim Tuesday 8- Friday 11 February 2022, starting Tuesday late afternoon and ending around lunchtime Friday.
We are developing a varied programme of lectures, seminars, sharing groups, worship, music and experience.
How much will it cost and how do we register? And what about COVID-19?
«Cathedrals as a pathway to pilgrims» - the Nidaros tradition
The tradition of pilgrimage is alive and growing within European Christianity. The conference will explore the renewed interest in pilgrimage, which has again become so important at Nidaros Cathedral. What attracts modern pilgrims? How are they open for meaning, faith and new horizons? And how, in our experience, may cathedrals welcome pilgrims today?
Nidaros – Trondheim in the middle ages – was one of the most important shrines and centres of pilgrimage in Northern Europe. Over the last 30 years, pilgrims have arrived in Nidaros in ever larger numbers. They now arrive via a network of paths of pilgrimage and pilgrimage centres, and collaboration with national and local authorities, dioceses, parishes and volunteers is vital. But the shrine of St Olav was lost during the reformation, and the community at Nidaros cathedral is now continuously trying to recover, refocus and develop our practice and theology of pilgrimage. In the time of the pandemic, with entire nations walking through the wilderness, pilgrimage and welcome at cathedrals again needs to be rethought.
We hope that this conference will give both participants and hosts a unique opportunity to reflect on the nature of pilgrimage in late modern Europe and on how a pilgrim spirituality may be relevant to cathedral life.
Where will be conference take place? Where can we book our accommodation? How do we get to and about Trondheim?