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Dublin Diocesan PilgrimageEach year approximately 2,000 people, some from Donnybrook Parish, travel with the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The associate membership of the Lourdes Pilgrimage is a means for those of us who remain at home to join in the prayer of the pilgrimage and to contribute to the expenses associated with the participation of those who travel with the pilgrimage as sick pilgrims. On Sunday 3 rd September, here in this parish, you will be invited to become an associate member of the Lourdes Pilgrimage.

 

Dublin Diocese Pilgrimage To Lourdes:

The Dublin Diocese takes two pilgrimages to Lourdes each year. The pilgrimage in September is one of the biggest events in the Diocese calendar and is lead by the Archbishop. About 2,000 pilgrims travel from all over the Diocese. Of these, 180 are sick pilgrims staying at the Accueil Notre Dame which is ‘a place of welcome’ close to the Grotto and with many of the facilities of a modern hospital. Another 550 of the pilgrims are voluntary helpers, made up of nurses and doctors, male and female helpers, known as handmaids and brancardiers, and a team of chaplains. A further 200 young people assist as well in the care of the sick pilgrims and many of these are from secondary schools and colleges from around the Diocese. The balance of the pilgrimage is made up of Parish Groups and individuals from every corner of the Diocese.

The Children’s Pilgrimage is a much smaller group, but a very important one, as it joins with thousands of other child pilgrims from all over the world each Easter Week. About forty children travel from Dublin assisted by the same number of helpers and a team of chaplains, doctors and nurses.

On this website you will be able to find out more about Lourdes and how you may be able to get more information on any section of our Diocesan Pilgrimage.

No other diocesan event brings more people together each year and is a reflection of the great Irish tradition of devotion to our Blessed Lady. In fact, the Irish have the largest presence in Lourdes, per head of population compared to any other nation.

For more information see the Dublin Diocese Pilgrimages web site.