As you know every year I travel to Lourdes with our diocesan pilgrimage to help with the sick pilgrims. This year was no exception and I had the privilege of being Chaplain to the Nursing and Medical Team (standing in for Fr Paul Daly) who was attending the World Youth Day Celebrations in Kraków.
This year the first part of the pilgrimage was led by Bishop Emeritus Terence Brain until Bishop John could join us travelling directly from the World Youth Day celebrations.
Throughout the week we reflected in our Masses on the theme of love and mercy that comes to us as a free gift from God the Father.
In addition to the religious celebrations of the pilgrimage there is always the chance to socialise as a Pilgrimage Family. Here are just a few pictures taken at the last night fancy dress social evening.