Raphael 2023 Group

Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes from Stansted

7 nights | from £975pp including flights

Overview & Itinerary

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Welcome to the Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2024. Our programme this year seeks to avoid difficult terrain so we are introducing new visits. We will have the opportunity to attend the international Mass as well as celebrating a mass at the Grotto and at the Church of St John the Baptist in Bartres where Bernadette, herself, used to attend Mass. Sadly the Baths are not yet open for those who wish to immerse themselves in the water so we have substituted a ceremony of water into our programme. As last year, we are sharing charter flights with the Catholic Association.

Our teams of able-bodied helpers will not be able to offer care beyond acting as ‘good Samaritans. We will, however, keep a watchful eye but at the same time we will require confidential information about general health, mobility and medications. The Lourdes theme for 2023 was ‘Go tell the priests to build a chapel here’ and in 2024 the theme adds ‘and come here in procession’. This command was given to St Bernadette during the thirteenth apparition on 2nd March, 1858.

About our pilgrimage

Lourdes grotto - Tour and Pilgrimage

Elderly, Sick & Disabled Pilgrims

Every year some four million pilgrims visit Lourdes seeking some kind of healing whether physical, psychological or spiritual. We have teams of volunteer helpers to assist both on the journey and in Lourdes.

However, this year we do require information about  general health, mobility and medication.

We come to Lourdes in response to Our Lady’s invitation.

Fund Raising

We are always in need of raising funds. Most groups undertake fund raising events to help especially those sick and housebound pilgrims and their helpers who would be prevented from traveling by lack of finance. If you would like to make a donation, get involved in any fund raising activities, or simply receive details about them, please contact the Pilgrimage Director.

Volunteer, Nurses and Helpers


In order for us to care for sick/disabled pilgrims we welcome volunteers for a variety of roles.

– Registered Nurses.
– Helpers who have experience in personal care e.g. Health Care Support Workers/Carers.
– General Helpers for other duties designated by the medical team.

If you feel you can help in any of these roles please contact the Pilgrimage Director. Volunteers will be asked to provide references and go through the
‘Disclosure’ process.