As Fr. Michael mentioned at our Closing Mass, with the current changes in our Diocese and the lower numbers of clergy, it is increasingly difficult for our priests to find cover for their parishes to enable them to come to Lourdes.
We sincerely thank all our priests for the commitment they have made and for their ministry in Lourdes.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for them.
Saint Bernadette, pray for them.
Back (L-R) Fr. Mark Paver, Fr. Richard Howard.
Front (L-R) Fr. Ged Fieldhouse-Byrne, Fr. Francis Wadsworth, Fr. Kieren Mullarkey, Fr. Colin Battell, Fr. Michael Jones, Cn. Michael Cooke VG, Bishop John Arnold, Bishop Emeritus Terence Brain, Fr. Peter Maloney, Fr. Callum Brown, Fr. John Mackie, Mgr. Michael Kujacz, Fr. Jim Clarke.
Photo courtesy of PHOTO LACAZE Lourdes. With thanks.
waiting to join up with the rest of those who had travelled with the Diocese, over 550 people this year. From day one in Lourdes all went very smoothly, and each of the groups soon got into the swing of the pilgrimage, with a very full programme having been put together by the Diocesan organisers.
Jesus takes up his cross
One of the "New" lower stations of the cross. Although they have been in Lourdes for some years now, they have recently been moved from the open space on the prairie to a place under the trees . On the whole this was a good idea as it shades against the sun, but for a group the size of the Diocesan pilgrims which can be up the 300, (the rest do the high stations) it is a very tight squeeze.
I think this was about the only day it rained, and it did not last too long, the weather on the whole was hot and humid with a couple of clear and fresh days.
The banner was covered with plastic and so was well protected from the elements.