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Fr Phillip Hall
Director of the Lourdes Pilgrimage ,
St Benedict’s Presbytery,
Aberford Road
LS25 1PX
tel 0113 286 3224



Diocese of Leeds - Lourdes Pilgrimage


This year we are marking our 80th pilgrimage to Lourdes which overlaps with 160 years since the apparitions. This is a wonderful eclipse.
On the annual Lourdes Pilgrimage we journey together with our Bishop, Marcus, our pilgrimage leader, as a diocese to pray and journey in faith. Pilgrims join us from across the diocese with sick and less able pilgrims at the heart of our Lourdes faith experience. We take part in the torchlight procession and Eucharistic procession. We also gather for the International Mass along with thousands of people from all over the world. Of course, we especially visit the grotto of Our Lady for Mass, and and there is plenty of opportunity to visit the grotto for the essential quite time with Mary. There is Has celebrated daily, the Mass of the Anointing of the Sick in the Rosary Basilica is one of the highlights.
Over 300 young pilgrims offer enthusiastic help and are fully supported by their schools/colleges, staff and chaplains. Year 12 students in particular are closely associated with the hospitality team based at Hotel Solitude. the young people grow in faith in the week they spend in Lourdes. they have the opportunity to pray together, learn new ways to approach the Lord, and also learn more about the Catholic Faith.
We also have the skills of doctors, nurses and carers who tend to the sick and less able during the pilgrimage.
Friendships are formed and reunited in Lourdes. It is a place where the Kingdom of God is very real under the gentle guidance of Mary the Mother of God.
People come on pilgrimage for many reasons. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey of the self, experienced in a place. Lourdes is a place of joy where the sick and less able, find purpose in their lives; where answers to questions are found; where isolation is replaced by the community of the faithful; where faith is renewed or found. It is a spiritual encounter with the Lord, shows that we are made in His image and likeness.
We also relax! We have plenty of time for social occasions in the week we are there. We enjoy the company we share and explore the local area around Lourdes itself. If you are thinking, ‘I would love to go to Lourdes' or "I would love to return', then perhaps the Lord is calling you to Lourdes.
St Bernadette, pray for us!