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Lourdes is endlessly fascinating.  The constant round of daily activities, the opportunity for private and community prayer, the meeting with pilgrims from around the world, the spiritual atmosphere – all contribute to make a perfect holiday-pilgrimage.

The structure of the pilgrim’s day is simple: attending Mass, the Blessed Sacrament Procession in the afternoon and the Torchlight Procession in the evening.  Around these community prayers there are plenty of opportunity for private devotions – Stations of the Cross, Lighting of Candles , attending the Baths, going to Confession, visiting quiet chapels for prayer.  The contrast between the peace of the chapels and the bustle of the streets is always refreshing and a constant reminder of why pilgrims come to Lourdes.  Lourdes is small and you can see around it a number of times in the course of a few days.

St. Bernadette

The Bernadette story absorbs all who visit.  Her birth and young years at the Boly Mill, the parish church and nearby school, the sadness of the “Cachot” prison house, the Maison Paternelle when more prosperous days returned, and always the peace of the Domaine with the Grotto – which draw us to their legacy of prayer, inviting us to leave our prayer there, also.  It is a blessed experience.

Lourdes Town is also well worth visiting - the Parish Church where Bernadette was baptised, the market, the shops - and on the way to the town there is the centre for devotion to the Miraculous Medal.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE : 10th - 16th May 2019

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Watermead Apostolate is not licensed by ATOL or affiliated to any other travel organisations.  We are totally independent.  We are simply an extended family community travelling together on pilgrimage.  People are welcome to join us, but only on the understanding that they are responsible for their own travel insurances.  Proof of travel insurance (policy numbers and providers, along with expiry date) is required on confirmation of booking.  

When we first arranged pilgrimages to Lourdes (in 2003) we always stayed at the Holy Family Guest House on The Rue de Borg, run by Scottish couple Jim and Bernadette.

The Guest House has since closed and in September 2013 we began staying at the Hotel Saint Louis de France on the bank of the River Gave and now use this hotel for our Lourdes’ pilgrimages.

Contact us for further information.