Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN

Tel: 020 7798 9173

Email: lourdes@rcdow.org.uk


Dear Pilgrims,


It is with the deepest regret and sadness that the decision has been made to cancel the forthcoming Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes for 2020.


The decision was not taken lightly and has taken into account the recommendations made by health care professionals and current UK government and International guidance:


  • A number of travel bans/restrictions have already been imposed throughout Europe; inclusive of the advice against all but essential travel due to unprecedented International border closures,
  • Consideration of restrictions currently in place in Lourdes and the Domain itself,
  • Governments advising to limit ‘social and group contact’ wherever possible,
  • Many of our assisted pilgrims, hotel pilgrims, and helpers may be in the higher “risk” groups.


During extensive discussions with our tour operator, Tangney Tours, it was decided that the health and safety of all pilgrims was paramount, and therefore it was jointly agreed to cancel the pilgrimage.


With regards to bookings made with Tangney Tours they will be in contact with you over the course of the next week.


As they have an Air Tour Operators Licence (ATOL) and are members of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), your money is always 100% financially protected.


Please continue to join us in prayer via the Diocesan webpage, as we pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes at this difficult time. We very much look forward to joining together in Lourdes on our 2021 pilgrimage.


In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact either Elizabeth Uwalaka at the Lourdes Pilgrimage Office email: lourdes@rcdow.org.uk or on 020 7798 9173. Alternatively, Tangney Tours email: Sales@Tangney-Tours.com or 01732 886666.


Our Lady of Lourdes, Pray for us.

Saint Bernadette, Pray for us




­­Fr Dennis Touw                                                                                                    

Pilgrimage Director                                                                                                              


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