Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

In previous years, Bishop Challoner have went on pilgrimage with the Archdiocese in the May Half Term and spent the week in prayer, helping the pilgrims and uniting with other young people around the diocese who all are professing their faith at the pilgrimage site of Bernadette’s Apparitions of Mary. The younger students on the trip are given duties, such as carrying banners for mass, writing a theme based introduction to a mass and helping out with night prayers and torch light processions. The Sixth Form students on pilgrimage are given the opportunity to work in the accueil, the place where all of the sick, elderly or dependant pilgrims stay. They will be able to assist the carers in meal times, prayer and activities and may even be able to take pilgrims out to discover the beauty of Lourdes, and take them to mass, processions and maybe assist them in visiting the Holy Baths. During the blessed week, students are known to discover new friendships and learn more about faith, all whilst being enriched themselves. It truly is a wonderful opportunity!

However, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year was observed and lived out online. The gathering that was celebrated acknowledges all those who would have been in Lourdes: pilgrims with sickness or disability of any kind – the most important pilgrims; young people from schools and parishes of the Archdiocese; medical staff, nurses and many, many volunteers.

The programme allowed for us to have a taste of the pilgrimage via spiritual pilgrimage together. With online liturgies hosted around the diocese, virtual concerts, and processions, we could take a pause for prayer and reflection and truly embark on this virtual pilgrimage.

Thank you to all that took part. We hope to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes in the future and hope the spiritual pilgrimage this year allowed for growth in faith and a pause for prayer.

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Click here to read about our Sixth Form student experiences.