Why not consider joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage with Bishop Philip in August 2017?

Friday 18th - 25th August 2017

If you would like more information, please contact Fr John Cooke or Mrs Clare Ryan on 01489 572797 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 (aged 17yrs - 80+ years!) 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:



Assistant Director: Fr. John Cooke, St Margaret Mary Presbytery, Middle Road, Park Gate. SO31 7GH
Tel: 01489 572797. Email: Jcooke@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

‘Merciful, like the Father’

Lourdes Pastoral Theme 2016

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 (currently Mgr Bill Saunders from Southwark Archdiocese).

Pilgrim Brochure and Booking Form


Tangney Tours brochure & booking form for Pilgrims

Print off and send to Tangney Tours.


Medical Form for all Assisted Pilgrims Print off and return to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nuala Mellows


Would you like to travel and stay independently but join the Pilgrimage?

Helper Forms


Application form 2016  for Volunteer Adult Helpers


Application form 2016 for Young Helpers (17-25 years)


Hotel for the Portsmouth Diocesan base this year is the Eliseo (a new hotel for the Diocese). Although Pilgrims can choose where to stay from the selection our travel agents, Tangney Tours, provide. Hotels choices cannot be guaranteed and early booking is advised.


Medical Form for Assisted Pilgrims

- to be returned to Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nuala Mellows

Nurse / Doctor


Application form for Volunteer Nurses to be returned to Chief Nurse Theresa Mahon


Doctors need to contact the Chief Medical Officer further contact on the CA website.


2015 Lourdes Reunion (with thanks to Dorota Cimochowska)


2014 gallery


2013 for the Gallery pages: Facebook - Catholic Association


2012 for the Gallery pages: Facebook - Catholic Association



Diocesan Director: Fr. John Cooke, St Margaret Mary Presbytery, Middle Road, Park Gate. SO31 7GH
Tel: 01489 572797. Email: Jcooke@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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