Invitation from the Pilgrimage Medical Team

Lourdes 2024 - Monday 27 May to Saturday 1 June 
Each May half-term the Archdiocese of Birmingham organises a pilgrimage to Lourdes, in France, for a week of prayer and service at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. 2024 will be the 82nd Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage. 
If you are interested in going to Lourdes on pilgrimage, but need assistance with personal care, medication or mobility then we encourage you to apply to the Pilgrimage as an Assisted Pilgrim. 

Should you be successful, you will be accepted into 'The Accueil' (meaning welcome) which is a purpose-built facility within the domain itself and you will have access to support from carers, nurses, doctors and physiotherapists whose purpose it is to help you during your pilgrimage week. 

It is important to note that you will be expected to pay for yourself to attend, though there are funding streams you can apply to for assistance. If you are interested in this please contact the pilgrimage office on 0121 230 6288. 
We are also encouraging carers, nurses and doctors to volunteer for the week in Lourdes to help assist those who need help throughout their pilgrimage. 

You will work as part of a supported team of other healthcare professionals of varying experience and will also have free time to enjoy your own pilgrimage. 

Would you be willing to give up a week of your time to assist sick pilgrims in Lourdes? 

If so please email Kathryn, our Chief Nurse, on [email protected] or visit the Diocesan website for more information.

Photograph taken on the 2023 Lourdes Pilgrimage

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