Thursday, 7 August 2008
This year was the biggest pilgrimage Shrewsbury diocese has ever taken to Lourdes, there was over 1500 of us altogether!! And what a year to take such a large pilgrimage, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Saint Bernadette.
Of those 1500 pilgrimes from Shrewsbury almost 700 of them were young people, who had given up their holiday time to be in Lourdes to care for and assist the sick and disabled pilgrimes. Without the young people the Diocesan pilgrimage could not happen as so much of the care and physical moving of people is done by thsoe young people. They really are a credit to the diocese and to their families. This year I had the priviledge of being chaplain to not one, not two but three seperate youth groups! Of course I was chaplain to the Cathedral Lourdes Youth Group, and then to the BRJ group from our local Catholic High and to the Wallasey 2 Lourdes Youth Group - I was certainly kept busy!!!