New Hospitality President

I am delighted to announce that after much thought and reflection Bishop Mark has appointed Siobhan Cartwright as the new President of the Hospitality in succession to John Campbell. All of you will know Siobhan who has been associated with our Pilgrimage for well over twenty years. She co-ordinates the support of our assisted pilgrims in the hotels and has also been secretary of the Diocesan Hospitality. She is deeply committed to the message of Lourdes and to our Diocesan Pilgrimage. I really look forward to working with her in the future for the good of all who are part of our Shrewsbury Pilgrimage Family. I know Siobhan is shocked but deeply honoured by her appointment. Please keep her very much in your prayers.
Bishop Mark has also agreed to the appointment of a Management Team to support me in my work as Pilgrimage Director. This will be comprised of all key personnel who lead different aspects of our Pilgrimage and I am very grateful to Bishop Mark for agreeing to this. The Team is:
Fr David Long                Pilgrimage Director
Siobhan Cartwright        President of the Hospitality
Phil Malone                    Pilgrimage Administrator
Dr John McKay              Chief Medical Officer
Nuala Fitzmaurice          Matron
Richard Emsley              Chief Brancardier
Sandy Fairley                 Youth Pilgrimage Director
Andrew O’Brien              Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
Fr Chris Matthews          Diocesan MC and Pilgrimage Liturgy Co-ordinator

Fr David Long
Pilgrimage Director

John Campbell

It is with sadness that I have to inform you that due to illness John Cambpell has had to step down from his role as President of the Hospitality. As you all know John has been an incredible servant to our pilgrimage for so many years. Until a couple of years ago he was also Chief Brancardier and has been President of the Hospitality for twenty years. During that time John has been a wonderful smiling presence around the Pilgrimage gently guiding us and encouraging us all. He brought incredible commitment and generosity to all the roles he has taken up in service of the Pilgrimage. Lourdes and our Pilgrimage has been such a part of John’s life that it is hard to imagine him not at the forefront of things in the future. I do hope that in time his health will improve sufficiently for him to be part of the pilgrimage where hopefully we can look after him rather than him looking after us. Please keep John and his wife Vera in your prayers at this difficult time.
Bishop Mark will appoint a new President in the New Year. If members of the Hospitality wish to nominate someone that they think should be considered for this important position please send their name directly to me at St Vincent’s, Tatton St, Knutsford WA16 6HR before 21 December with the reason why you are suggesting the person.
Fr David Long
Pilgrimage Director

Virtual Pilgrimage 2020

It was sad that we were unable to travel to Lourdes for our annual diocesan pilgrimage this year but we offer our thanks to Bishop Mark, the clergy and all who presented the various liturgies and events online during the Virtual Pilgrimage.

We also thank those whose technical skills allowed us to view the full programme of events during the week so that we could enjoy the next best thing to being there. 

The 2021 pilgrimage will be our 70th Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Planning is already underway so we look forward to seeing you all again in Lourdes.

Message from the Rector of the Sanctuaries

The following message has been received from Mgr Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, the Rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.  We thank those who have already sent donations through our Diocesan Pilgrimage Office for their generosity and support.
Dear friends,

In my last letter, I told you about the financial difficulties that the Sanctuary is going through because of the decision to close on 17 th March. Since our income is largely based on donations, the absence of pilgrims puts us in a very difficult situation. A number of you have already got in touch independently with the Sanctuary over the past few days to express your desire to stand in financial solidarity with us. Let me tell you how much this gesture means to me, as well as to my fellow “chapelains” and to all of those who work here to welcome you every time you come. The Lourdes family is not a fiction. It is a fact, proven by your actions.

I have included practical instructions for those who wish to make a payment to show your solidarity. I would be grateful if you would disseminate this message to your pilgrims, acknowledging that their generosity never wavered when Lourdes was in danger.

We will reopen the Sanctuary as soon as we can. We know that this year we will not be able to accommodate very many sick pilgrims. But they are and will be present through the continuous prayer of the “chapelains” at the Grotto, and through your presence when that is possible once again.

I know I can count on you and I thank you with all my heart.

Please be assured of my prayers for you, with my very warmest wishes.

Mgr Olivier Ribadeau Dumas
Rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of lourdes


How to make a donation?

  • By bank cheque, made payable to the Diocesan Association of Tarbes and Lourdes (or ADTL) Please send your cheque to the following address:

Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Lourdes Service des Donateurs Opération Covid19 1, avenue Monseigneur Théas 65108 Lourdes Cedex - FRANCE
  • By bank transfer, using the following bank details:

Association Diocésaine de Tarbes et Lourdes Agence : Société générale - Lourdes
IBAN : FR76 30003 02051 00037260102 02 Adresse SWIFT (code BIC) : SOGEFRPP

Important: please make sure you put “Operation Covid19” as your transfer reference and inform us of the transfer by email to: [email protected]

2020 Pilgrimage Cancellation

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that after consultation with the Bishop, our chief medical officer and matron and other key members of our planning team it has been decided that due to the Covid 19 pandemic we have had to cancel our 2020 Pilgrimage. At this stage it is impossible to say whether travel to Lourdes would be possible in July but given the present lockdown and need for self-isolation and social distancing it is impossible for us to organise the necessary training of volunteers and assessment of our assisted pilgrims. Our doctors and nurses are at the frontline of caring for the victims of the pandemic and their focus has to be on that enormous responsibility at this time. I will be writing to all those who have already made bookings for this year’s pilgrimage through our Pilgrimage Office offering them a full refund of monies paid. I am sure that this will be a huge disappointment to all of you as it is to me and my team but the safety and welfare of all our pilgrims is our absolute priority. Let us hold all those associated with our pilgrimage in prayer at this time and ask once again for the protection of Our Lady of Lourdes and St Bernadette:
Our Lady of Lourdes: Pray for us
St Bernadette: Pray for us.
Fr David Long
Pilgrimage Director

Protecting your Privacy

The personal information you provide about yourself on our Lourdes Pilgrimage forms and via other means as requested has been collected for legal reasons and legitimate reasons to help us arrange your visit to Lourdes and in pursuance of the Roman Catholic Faith and charitable works. The personal information about you will be stored securely and will be retained for a period of up to 6 years, following which it will be securely destroyed. Other than as required by Law The Diocese of Shrewsbury will not transfer your personal data to third parties without your permission, and it will not be used for marketing, fundraising purposes. You can read our full Privacy Notice at
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Get In Touch

Diocesan Pilgrimage Office,
Curial Offices,
2 Park Road South,
Prenton, Wirral CH43 4UX

Bookings & Enquiries:

07773 324 264

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07970 943 940