Lourdes Pilgrimage 2022.

Saturday 28 May - Friday 3 June

We are delighted that the Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is returning in person this year, on what will be our 80th pilgrimage.

You can see photos and other daily updates under the Lourdes Daily box below, and can join us virtually at the Grotto Mass on Monday 30th May, live streamed by Lourdes TV (link in Lourdes Schedule).

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Blessing of Hands Mass Sunday 22 May

The Blessing of Hands Mass for the Lourdes pilgrimage takes place at St Chad's Cathedral on Sunday 22 May at 2pm. You can watch the live stream on the Cathedral website.

Mass Booklet

Cathedral website

New Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes to be ordained on May 29

The Diocese of Tarbes and Lourdes has been appointed a new bishop. Meet Mgr. Jean-Marc Micas.

Mgr. Micas was born in 1963. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1991 in the diocese of Toulouse and is currently Provincial of the Company of St Sulpice. Mgr. Micas has served as diocesan chaplain of the Eucharistic Youth Movement, as well as being in charge of diocesan vocations.

He will be ordained bishop on Sunday, 29th May 2022 in the Underground Basilica of St. Pius X in the Sanctuary of Lourdes, and will take up his seat at the cathedral of Tarbes the following day. May Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette guide and protect you, Mgr. Micas.

Handmaids and Brancardiers work with all the other Hospitalite members (nurses, doctors, carers etc) to ensure the smooth running of the pilgrimage. They help to care for assisted pilgrims, whose spiritual needs are the main focus of the Pilgrimage.

The roles are multifunctional and cover both practical and spiritual areas.

Working with the Pilgrimage brings a great reward – the joy of assisting pilgrims to experience Lourdes. Lourdes is a wonderful place, full of love, sharing and caring.  Here friendships are made in a moment and last a lifetime.

You must be prepared to attend training sessions as arranged to meet the statutory and logistical requirements associated with the role.

Duties include:

  • Working en-route making pilgrims comfortable.
  • Help and assist pilgrims with baggage and equipment during their travel to/from Lourdes.
  • Assist the Senior Hospitalite Team with loading and unloading of equipment and movement of pilgrims at departure and arrival points, airports, train stations, ferry terminals and Accueil.
  • Serve meals to pilgrims in the restaurant and in wards.
  • Help with eating where necessary.
  • Re lay tables and clean restaurant after use.
  • Make beds, clean rooms and bathrooms.
  • Wash clothing when required.
  • Accompany pilgrims to all Masses and services.
  • Escort pilgrims to the baths.
  • Provide refreshments at other times of the day to pilgrims.
  • Help pilgrims at bedtime.
  • Follow the spiritual programme of the pilgrimage
  • Outside their duty rota many handmaids accompany pilgrims shopping.

To apply

To apply as a Handmaid or Brancardier, please read and then fill in the volunteer application form as well as the form as usual, making a note that you wish to volunteer as a handmaid/brancardier.

NEW Volunteer Form