LOURDES for many is a place of encounter, healing and peace. Every pilgrim finds something different and everyone returns home with their own story about their visit to Lourdes.
The grotto is more than just a place where something extra-ordinary happened; more importantly it is the place where God comes to meet us, heart to heart. Lourdes is place where we hear a message that we are loved, healed and forgiven. In coming to Lourdes, we follow in the footsteps of many thousands of pilgrims from all over the world who have come here before us, carrying with them – as we do – their hopes, burdens and dreams.
Our Assisted Pilgrims are those who require a special level of care and they stay in the Accueil Notre Dame. Designed in the form of open arms the Accueil Notre Dame reminds us that, in Lourdes, everyone is welcome and cared for.
During the pilgrimage the Accueil is staffed by a committed medical team and other volunteers who work together to help our assisted pilgrims to fully take part in all aspects of the pilgrimage.
The Oblates and Lourdes
The Missionary Oblates were the first group to organise pilgrimages to Lourdes from Britain and Ireland and have been organising pilgrimages to Lourdes since 1883. Every year pilgrims join us from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and the Channel Islands. This year, for Lourdes 2023, we celebrate a very special anniversary of the pilgrimage – 140 years!
In 1858, a young girl from a small rural village in the foothills of the Pyrenées Mountains witnessed something amazing – while gathering firewood near the local rubbsh heap, Bernadette Soubirous saw a vision of Mary, Mother of God at the Grotto (Cave) of Massabielle.
The Story of Lourdes >
The pilgrimage will include:
Mass at the Grotto/Grotto tour
Blessed Sacrament Procession
Stations of the Cross
Visit to the baths
Mass of Anointing of the Sick
Sacrament of Reconciliation
As a pilgrimage, we will also have daily Mass, and plenty of opportunity for relaxing, renewing old friendships and shopping. There will also be plenty of time to make your own pilgrimage – whether you want to light a candle, spend some quiet time in prayer at the Grotto, or walk in the footsteps of the child Bernadette.
In coming to Lourdes, we follow in the footsteps of many thousands of pilgrims from all over the world who have come here before us, carrying with them – as we do – their hopes, burdens and dreams.
For more information about booking and on our range of pilgrimage packages, please visit our Pilgrimage Website:
Or download the Brochure (Ireland) by clicking here
For more information, please contact Fr Lorcan O’Reilly OMI: email@example.com