Unfortunately, the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will not be happening in 2022
The annual pilgrimage to Lourdes will not be going ahead again this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
Bishop Declan made the announcement following careful consideration on the impact it could have on the pilgrims, especially those who would need assistance. It will be the third year that the Lourdes pilgrimage has been called off due to Covid.
Bishop Declan said of the cancellation: ‘Many pilgrims have journeyed to Lourdes over the years to pray alongside St Bernadette; for healing and also for deepening their faith. In a time of pandemic, where there is a serious risk to health, especially to vulnerable pilgrims, this decision, while regrettable, is a necessary one in the present situation’.
The relics of St Bernadette however are to visit Clifton cathedral later this year. A section of bone from her thigh is to be taken to the major cathedrals and churches of the dioceses of England, Scotland and Wales in the autumn.
It is hoped that the tour will be as successful as the visit of the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux to Britain in 2009, which attracted a quarter of a million people to queue up to pray at the side of the casket of the “Little Flower”.