Salford Lourdes Pilgrimage Roundup

Thursday 1st August 2019

The 87th Salford Diocese pilgrimage has now come to a close and our volunteers and pilgrims are home safely with the memories of the last week they have spent together in Lourdes imprinted in their hearts and minds.

Despite being a busy week, there have been shared moments of prayer, reflection and joy.

Here are a few of the highlights from this year’s pilgrimage.

Grotto Mass 

Shared with pilgrims from the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, Bishop John concelebrated Mass with Bishop Terence and Bishop Robert (Hexham).  The Mass was a beautiful experience, with pilgrims and volunteers remembering those at home in our diocese in their prayers.

Torchlight Procession

Pilgrims and volunteers from the Salford Lourdes pilgrimage didn’t let the rainy weather stop them leading thousands of others in the Torchlight Procession.  Processing together prayerfully through a candlelit Lourdes is always a special moment on the pilgrimage, and this year was no different.

Walking tour of Lourdes 

Pilgrims and volunteers were able to see first-hand the places where Bernadette grew up and experienced different things.  They visited the museum on her life, as well as the Cachot and the Boly Mill, both places where Bernadette lived.

Stations of the Cross

After gathering for the official pilgrimage photograph, Bishop John led pilgrims along the Upper Stations of the Cross while Bishop Terence visited the Lower Stations with pilgrims who had limited mobility so that they could share the experience.

Bishop John’s Highlight

One highlight for Bishop John was leading 8,000 pilgrims in the Blessed Sacrament Procession.

Please continue to pray for our pilgrims who travelled to Lourdes, and for the volunteers who throughout their week in Lourdes show compassion, kindness and friendship to all pilgrims.

Keep up to date with the Salford Lourdes team throughout the year by following them on Twitter or visiting their website.


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