Leeds Lourdes Pilgrimage

Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

6 nights | from £780pp including flights

Overview & Itinerary

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The annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Friday 5th – Thursday 11th July 2024.

The pilgrimage is led by Bishop Marcus Stock and is being organised with us.

The first Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage started in 1928 and provides a unique opportunity to gather as a Diocese with our Bishop, to pray and journey together in faith. It is a time to stand apart from the rigours of life and seek the peace, healing, and grace which a pilgrimage experience can afford.

Pilgrims come from all parts of the Diocese and beyond. In Lourdes we encounter pilgrims from all over the world.

Our assisted pilgrims, those who may be elderly, frail, or dependent are supported by our own team of willing volunteers, including doctors, nurses, other allied health professionals and many others with different backgrounds and experiences.

All volunteers are self-funding and give up their own time to support those who are less able. They serve in a spirit inspired by love of God and love of neighbour.

The schools make up a large part of our pilgrimage group, with around 300 young students from Years 10 and 12, who support the assisted pilgrims with wheelchair pushing, good company and friendship.

About our pilgrimage

Leeds Lourdes Pilgrimage
Durand

During our pilgrimage, there will be a lot to see and experience. Our pilgrimage and tour of Lourdes includes visits to the Basilica of the Rosary and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

We take part in the Masses, the Stations of the Cross and the blessing of the sick, visit the Grotto of Massabeille where the apparitions of Our Lady took place.

You will have the chance to drink from the spring at the base of the Grotto. The original spring that Bernadette located is still visible, protected by a glass cover and illuminated.

Visit the baths where hundreds of miraculous healings have taken place.

We participate in the evening torchlight processions which is a wonderful experience. Our Lady requested that these processions take place when She appeared to Bernadette.

We will also offer a walking tour to the Boly Mill, where Bernadette was born, and to the Cachot, an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s family lived.

We will see the hospice where Bernadette attended school and made her First Holy Communion. After the apparitions she also lived here until the age of twenty two, when she went to Nevers to join the Sisters of Charity of Nevers.

With any free time available, we are pleased to offer optional excursions to Bartres where we will see where Bernadette lived for a period of her life. Other optional excursions to Gavanie may also be offered.

This programme is subject to change.