Pilgrimages

The annual Lourdes pilgrimage takes place from 26 July to 1 August 2015. 

Cardinal Vincent leads about 1,000 pilgrims.The theme of the pilgrimage this year is the Joy of Mission.

Whether you are joining the pilgrimage in person or following along from home, please visit this section for news, photos and videos. Please pray for the pilgrims.

Lourdes Blog

  • 2018
    • Photo: Jakub JoszkoLourdes Pilgrimage 2018: Day Five

      Joy, tears and healing were the three words Cardinal Vincent used to describe our 2018 pilgrimage to Lourdes, as we brought our week to an end with a busy day. The pilgrims gathered for three events on the fifth and final day, starting with mas...

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    • Photo: Jakub JoszkoLourdes Pilgrimage 2018: Day Four

      If day four of our pilgrimage to Lourdes taught us one thing, it is that we in the Church are part of something universal, and the International Mass which we attended was a demonstration that this faith in Jesus coming to us reaches every place. ...

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    • Photo: Jakub JoszkoLourdes Pilgrimage 2018: Day Three

      “Joy”. That was the theme of Bishop Paul McAleenan’s homily and the perhaps the most resounding emotion on the third day of our Lourdes pilgrimage. We started the day with our Anointing of the Sick service for the pilgrims which on pap...

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    • Photo: Jakub JoszkoLourdes Pilgrimage 2018: Day Two

      Mass celebrated in the glorious sun, a penitential service for over 400 people and our diocese leading the torchlight procession has meant our second day of the Lourdes Pilgrimage has been both beautiful and moving. We started the day in front ...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage Photo 2018Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018: Day One

      It was surely no coincidence that the first day of our 2018 Pilgrimage to Lourdes fell on the 16 While a small group met to pray morning prayer at 8am, led by the Seminarians of the Diocese, the first major gathering of this year’s pilgrimage...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018

      The Lourdes pilgrimage, led by Cardinal Vincent, takes place from Saturday 21 This year's theme is 'Do whatever he tells you', reflecting Our Lady's words to the servants at the wedding feast at Cana. Journey along with our pilgrims each day...

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  • 2017
    • Love and Service in LourdesLove and Service in Lourdes

      The pilgrimage to Lourdes this year was a successful event with about 700 pilgrims from various parishes joining. The theme for the pilgrimage was, ‘The Almighty has done great things for me’. The first day began with a procession from the Ros...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 3Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 3

      The third day of the pilgrim began with the the International Mass which bought together people of different nations speaking different languages together echoing their faith in Mary, which put together depicted a marvellous scene of love and harm...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 4Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 4

      The fourth day of the pilgrimage began with Mass being celebrated at what is called the ‘Cathedral of the Trees’ Cité Saint-Pierre. It is a beautiful set-up of a Cathedral high up in the mountains, soothing to the soul with lush green scener...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Final DayLourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Final Day

      Today marks the final day of our pilgrimage to Lourdes. The day began with a closing Mass celebrated at the grotto with Cardinal Vincent addressing in his sermon, ‘’ God’s greatness flowers best through our lowliness, our humility and our we...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 2Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 2

      The second day of the pilgrimage began with the Cardinal explaining that today we will be entering more deeply into the life of Saint Bernadette. The first event of the day was the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Unlike the common belief, the ...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 1Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017: Day 1

      What a beautiful day it has been! The first day of the pilgrimage began with a procession from the Rosary statue with pilgrims receiving showers of blessings in the form of raindrops. The opening mass was celebrated by Bishop Paul McAleenan, he ta...

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    • Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017

      Led by Cardinal Vincent, this year's diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 23 Whether you're joining the pilgrims in Lourdes or praying with them from home, join us each day for the latest updates, photos and videos. We'll be posting ...

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  • 2015
    • Lourdes 2015 - Day 5Lourdes 2015 - Day 5

      On this, the last day of the pilgrimage, some pilgrims visit the baths, while others do the Stations of the Cross, either on the hill or on the plain. Later, there is the closing Mass and the passage through the Grotto to light the Diocesan candle...

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    • Lourdes 2015 - Day 4Lourdes 2015 - Day 4

      On Day 4, the pilgrims visited the Cite St Pierre for Mass in the morning. In the afternoon, Westminster will lead the Blessed Sacrament procession. Here, Cardinal Vincent introduces the day and explains that the procession is a sign of Jesus walk...

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    • Lourdes 2015 - Day 3Lourdes 2015 - Day 3

      On this day, the pilgrims joined the international Mass which took place in the underground Basilica of St Pius X.  In his video message today, Cardinal Vincent explains that, although pilgrims come from a diversity of countries, we all share ...

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    • Lourdes 2015 - Day 2Lourdes 2015 - Day 2

      On Tuesday, the pilgrimage moves to St Bernadette's parish church of Sacre-Coeur for Mass in the morning. In the afternoon, the Anointing of the Sick will be administered. Listen to Cardinal Vincent introducing the day's events and their significa...

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    • Lourdes 2015 - Day 1Lourdes 2015 - Day 1

      Well here we all are again in Lourdes, all eight hundred of us.   Thanks be to God.    Our first Mass this morning was celebrated in the Grotto itself in the type of conditions the Irish call 'soft'.   Yes, a very gentle rain floated stead...

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    • Opening Mass from the Grotto

      Watch the opening Mass of the Lourdes pilgrimage live from the Grotto on Monday 27 July at 9.45am local time (8.45am BST).

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