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Bookings open for Centenary Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Friday 1st March 2024

We’re delighted to announce that bookings are now being taken for this year’s diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, marking our centenary year.

Our 2024 pilgrimage will once again be led by Bishop John Arnold and will take place between 26th July and 1st August.

Whether you are looking to join as a pilgrim or a volunteer, there are plenty of ways for people of all ages to celebrate this landmark pilgrimage with us.

About Lourdes

As one of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage, Lourdes welcomes approximately six million pilgrims from across the world each year, many of whom are people living with physical or mental illness.

The shrine marks the spot where Our Lady first appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. During one of 18 apparitions, Our Lady instructed the young saint to drink from a spring. Seeing only a muddy puddle of water, the saint drank from the ground to the ridicule of many, but she returned the following day to find the water ran clear. Soon after, reports came of miraculous healings from people who had washed in the water. Since the discovery, thousands of people have reported unexplained healings, with 70 being recognised as miraculous by the Church so far.

Click here to read more about healings at Lourdes.

How to book

If you would like to join us in Lourdes as a pilgrim, please find more information on the official website for Joe Walsh Tours. The website includes pricing, travel and accommodation information, and details on how to book. Find out more.

If you will require medical assistance during the pilgrimage, please contact our Pilgrimage Office Administrator, Lisa Knight, at


We’re also on the lookout for eager volunteers to join our fantastic team! Joining our pilgrimage as a volunteer not only supports others on this remarkable journey of faith, but it offers a unique perspective that brings new skills and attributes, as well as fulfilment of our Christian call to love one another.

If you are interested in volunteering, please explore the links below to find out more.

Volunteering information for over 18s

Volunteering information for Medical and Nursing Team

Volunteering information for under 18s

Music Ministry Volunteer

Launch Mass

Whether you are planning to join us in Lourdes for our centenary pilgrimage or pray along at home, we would be delighted to welcome you to our Launch Mass.

The Mass takes place at 7pm on Tuesday 16th April at St Patrick’s RC Church, Livesey Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, M4 5HF.

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