Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate


Lourdes 2022 Day 5 – A Final, Beautiful Day

And like that, it was all over! At least, that is what it felt like. The days have gone by so quickly here and this evening, we had our closing ceremony, placed our pilgrimage candle opposite the Grotto, said our goodbyes to our friends – old and new – and began to put our mind...

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Lourdes 2022 Day 4 – Healing the Healer

In the weeks leading up to this pilgrimage, we spoke frequently about how different this pilgrimage was going to be in so many ways. To be sure, not having been in Lourdes with the pilgrimage after an absence of three years, we knew that being back would have a different sense about it. A year...

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Lourdes 2022 Day 3 – Rediscovering Lourdes

Our day starts at the Crowned Virgin statue.  Anyone who has even been to Lourdes knows this place. For those who have not, it is a central point, in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Lourdes, with a statue that faces the Basilica.  By now, all of our groups have arrived. Despite the...

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Lourdes 2022 Day 2 – A Beautiful Day

Long lost friends! So many times today, it has been a case of catching up with long lost friends. The reality of the time gap has taken hold today. When we talk, the first phrase can be to refer to, “last year” until we have to stop ourselves and say, no, it wasn’t last year...

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Lourdes 2022 Day 1 – Back in Lourdes after Three Years

If everything had gone as planned, then I would have started writing my first instalment of the pilgrimage blog yesterday, Friday. However, French Air Traffic Control had other plans and so it was that there was no travel yesterday. People are converging on Lourdes from many parts of the Oblate world throughout Britain and Ireland....

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Pay for a Candle to be lit in Lourdes

If you would like, you can pay for one of the following options, to have a candle lit in Lourdes:    

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20 Inspiring Quotes by Saint Bernadette

Bernadette is a young French saint whose life and legacy has touched the lives of people all over the world. She is, of course, best known for a series of Marian apparitions in Lourdes, where Mary asked for a chapel to be built near the cave grotto. The Story of Lourdes > She also said...

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Lourdes Volunteer

My experiences of working in the baths at Lourdes as a volunteer

My experiences of working in the baths at Lourdes I have had the privilege of coming to Lourdes for the last six years as a volunteer. The first time I came I really had no idea what to expect but I volunteered to work in the Baths. At this time in my life I wasn’t...

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Lourdes Novena 2020

Mary as Friend, Sister and Mother: Lourdes Novena 2020 to be led by Fr Shane Crombie

The Annual Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes takes place in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, beginning on Sunday, the 2nd of February 2020. The Theme this year is Mary as Friend, Sister and Mother.  The novena will be directed by Fr Shane Crombie, of the Meath Diocese. The novena is celebrated...

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Digital Pilgrimage: Not going to Lourdes?

Digital Pilgrimage  Very soon, more than 600 pilgrims will depart for the Annual Oblate Pilgrimage to Lourdes. We travel from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Many of us are travelling for the first time, some are members of our Lourdes Hospitality team, others are travelling as assisted pilgrims and some 100 young people are part...

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