Although it has not been possible to undertake any pilgrimages until very recently, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is ordinarily a regular part of Catholic life. The Christian life is a journey towards God, and in this simple act of outward physical travel, whether on foot or by aeroplane, we inwardly seek to draw closer to Christ by putting time aside to consider our relationship with the Lord, and ask where he is leading us.
In 1858 the French fortress town of Lourdes, situated on the Gave de Pau River at the foot of the Hautes-Pyrénées was home to around 4,000 inhabitants. This relatively poor area was home to Soubirous family, who had fallen on such hard times that they were living in one room, known as the 'Cachot' or former gaol of the town. The eldest daughter of the family was Marie-Bernarde, whom we now know as Saint Bernadette. She was just 14 years old when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her at the Maissabelle Grotto whilst collecting firewood
The Holy Land
The Holy Land is an important place of pilgrimage for Christians, with the unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Christ and the Apostles, It offers the chance to bring the Gospel stories to life through the senses and to deeply consider the very roots of our faith.