WELCOME TO THE ANNUAL
WELCOME TO OUR PILGRIMAGE
Every year a group of 400 people travel together on Pilgrimage to Lourdes, in a spirit of service, fun and prayer.
The Ampleforth Pilgrimage was founded by Fr Martin Haigh and Cardinal Basil Hume, monks of Ampleforth Abbey, in 1953 to answer Our Lady's call to give service to those who need extra care in Lourdes. Since then, generations of Ampleforth monks, students, friends and families have travelled on Pilgrimage to join together in penitence, prayer and procession in Lourdes as Our Lady, through St Bernadette, asked us to do.
"I have been asked to give a word of welcome to the Ampleforth Lourdes Pilgrimage website, I do so gladly. Each day, thanks to the internet, I visit the shrine and place all my concerns at the feet of the mother of Jesus. I can testify that Mary is the one who has taught me how to love Jesus best. She has taught me how to listen to His Word of life and how to let that Word guide my life. She is the real welcome to this website and our Pilgrimage, because she takes each one who visits straight to the heart of her Son. What more can we ask? Be welcomed, loved and nurtured."
Abbot Robert Igo OSB
Abbot of Ampleforth
COMING TO LOURDES
We welcome people from all over the UK and further afield to join us on Pilgrimage. Whether you require assistance, are a regular helper, a doctor, nurse, or member of the clergy, please find out more about coming to Lourdes with us.
Since the Pilgrimage's foundation in 1953 we have always been unique as a community that serves each other, not just in Lourdes but throughout the year. We are a volunteer run work of Ampleforth Abbey, guided by the Rule of St Benedict.
Our aim is to ensure that we enable as many pilgrims as possible to travel with us to Lourdes. In particular many of our Assisted Pilgrims, Doctors, Nurses and Young Helpers may require financial support to join us, for which we rely on generous support from our friends.
WELCOME TO THE
AMPLEFORTH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
Extending the invitation of Our Lady to live out the message of Lourdes, on pilgrimage and in our homes.