A devotional year book  written by the

Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, Lord Bishop of St Albans

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Saints & Pilgrims draws on hundreds of years of dedicated service to the Gospel in the St Albans Diocese area for its rich collection of stories. Beginning with St Alban himself, Bishop Alan explores the lives of 366 Christian men and women from all across the area, and from hugely diverse backgrounds.

Amongst the Saints and Pilgrims included are Gay Perry, Trevor Huddleston, John Donne, Margaret of Antioch, Bridget Adams, and of course John Bunyan. A number of the pages are illustrated with rare and unusual images. Each entry has been meticulously researched and features a short biography, a poem or extract of writing from the individual, and a prayer written by  Bishop Alan.

Every parish and church school in St Albans Diocese has received a free copy of the book to use for devotional and study purposes. Saints & Pilgrims is now available for purchase by individuals. All profits will be used Christian charitable work.

Saints and Pilgrims can be ordered direct for the post-inclusive price of £17.80. Please send a cheque, payable to ‘Bishop of St Albans Special Account’ to:

Saints and Pilgrims, Abbey Gate House, Abbey Mill Lane, St Albans, AL3 4HD. Please call 01727 853305, email

The book can also be ordered from Amazon.

To order  via Amazon please click here or on the image to the left.

Images from the book

Gay Perry

Rosalind &
Robert Runcie

John Bunyan

Extracts and images from the publication are used with permission

The author writes:

It is my hope and prayer that Saints & Pilgrims will be widely used in St Albans Diocese and indeed beyond. The inspiring witness of women and men through the centuries is a rich and vital legacy for Christians today, and it is an encouragement but perhaps not a surprise to have found such dedicated servants of God in so many places in this region.

It has been a tremendous privilege to research and write Saints & Pilgrims. I have discovered little known stories of faithful endeavour against overwhelming odds, tales of quiet and faithful persistence, underpinned by prayer, and along the way I have of course revisited the names of those known so well to us such as  St Alban, Francis Bacon and Christina of Markyate.

I pray that you will gain insight and understanding from this book. Above all, I pray that it will enable you to draw closer to Him from whom we derive all that we are and do.