For over ten years now a group of staff and Year 12 students have travelled on the Birmingham Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in France. Lourdes is an incredibly reflective, religious and moving place. Our Lady appeared to Bernadette in 1858 at Lourdes and since this time it has become a place of pilgrimage.
A key element of the pilgrimage is that the cost is fundraised. Students are expected to pay a deposit and fundraise the remaining amount. This helps to create a spirit of comradery and service amongst the students and staff and makes the pilgrimage accessible to a greater number of students.
The size of the group varies but during the May half-term students stay in Lourdes for 5 nights with hundreds of other young people from across the diocese. There are daily masses and services, team building activities, day trips to the Pyrenees and opportunities to socialise with other young people. However, the main reason people go to Lourdes is to reflect on their faith and serve the sick pilgrims who travel with Birmingham every year. Lourdes is a life changing experience for many students.
If you are interested in supporting our pilgrimage or you wish to find out more please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Lines or Mr Baker.
Please click the image below to see more images from this year’s pilgrimage.