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The Kenelm Youth Trust (KYT), the Archdiocese Youth Service, is co-ordinating the youth section of the Pilgrimage to Lourdes.

We hope you will find available all of the information you need to bring a group from your school or parish.

The youth section for the Lourdes Pilgrimage is available to all young people aged 14 - 30 years of age.

To work in The Accueil serving the assisted pilgrims you must be 16 years of age by the date of travel. There are other opportunities for those under 16 years of age. 

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Lone Young Adults

If you are a young adult aged 16-30 and are currently travelling without a group, you are groupless no longer! The Kenelm Youth Trust warmly welcomes you to join us as part of our youth section. We will be travelling by coach and staying at the Alba hotel during our pilgrimage.

For more information please email: [email protected]

Lourdes Preparation Retreats

What:  A weekend Lourdes Preparation Retreat
Where: Soli House, Alton Staffordshire

  • Have fun
  • Meet young people from other schools
  • Build community and real relationships
  • Prepare for the experience of a pilgrimage to Lourdes

A pilgrimage to Lourdes is a really special experience for so many of our young people.

The Kenelm Youth Trust offers school groups, parish groups or solo pilgrims the opportunity to come on retreat to Soli and be led in a weekend of high quality preparation. The weekend is designed to complement the preparation already offered by group leaders. A preparation retreat offers the following inputs:

  • Magnificat - Who is Mary?
  • The Rosary
  • Why we process
  • The Eucharist
  • St Bernadette and the story of Lourdes
  • Why do we go to Lourdes?
  • Service - Love in Action

Sample timetable (note, activities and timings can be tailored to suit your group) 

This retreat is delivered in fun and engaging ways and balanced with opportunities to grow as a community, time for fellowship, prayer and a chance to get out and make the most of the beautiful countryside and the incredible facilities we have on site here in Alton. We have even built in a fundraising activity as a part of the weekend with a sponsored walk on the Sunday.


Friday 28th February- Sunday 1st March 2020 (Under 16's)
Friday 13th March- Sunday 15th March 2020 (16+)
For more information please email: [email protected]

Retreat Booking Form