Why not consider joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage with Bishop Philip in 2018?

If you would like more information, please contact Fr John Cooke or Mrs Clare Ryan on 01202 483340 or email lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk 


A small town in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, where in 1858, Our Blessed Lady appeared to a young girl, Bernadette Soubirous.



In response to Our Lady’s call to young Bernadette to ‘tell the people to come in procession, prayer and penance’, each year we gather and follow our Bishop. Here we can lay down our burdens, reveal wounds and make our gestures of faith in a concrete meaningful way with others.



Everyone is free to go where he or she likes; the Grotto, the pools, the Way of the Cross, to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and especially to daily Eucharist and the Chapel of Reconciliation. Here, today; heaven still opens for everyone.



Anyone can join the Pilgrimage, but at the heart of our group are those less able and who need assistance and/or medical help, known as our Assisted Pilgrims. In order to assist them, we need helpers. These volunteers who are pilgrims themselves, strive to encounter Jesus in each Pilgrim, caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. We are also always looking for Doctors and Nurses to travel with the group and give of their talent and time.



Please contact: 01202 483340 or email lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


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The Catholic Association, abbreviated to the CA, has been around in one form or another since 1881 and ran its first pilgrimage to Lourdes in 1901. Its objects are set out in the Memorandum and Articles but its main purpose is to mastermind the CA Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes, currently incorporating the diocesan pilgrimages of Clifton, East Anglia, Northampton, Portsmouth, Southwark, the British Province of Carmelites, and the Stonyhurst College Lourdes Pilgrimage. Each of these groups is overseen by a Diocesan or Group Director. The entire Pilgrimage is coordinated by the Pilgrimage Director  Canon Simon Blakesley (East Anglia).


Pilgrimage Director: Fr John Cooke
Tel: 01202 483340.  Email:  lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk


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