2022 theme: "Healing the Healers"

The Oblate Pilgrimage to Lourdes - since 1883

The Missionary Oblates were the first group to organise pilgrimages to Lourdes from Britain and Ireland and have been organising pilgrimages to Lourdes since 1883. Every year pilgrims join us from Ireland, Britain and the Channel Islands. Some 100 Assisted Pilgrims, who require a special level of care and comfort, accompany the other pilgrims and stay in the Accueil Notre Dame. 

In coming to Lourdes, we follow in the footsteps of many thousands of pilgrims from all over the world who have come here before us, carrying with them – as we do – their hopes, burdens and dreams.


The Oblate Community in Ireland and Britain has a long connection with Lourdes. Since the late 19th century, Lourdes pilgrimages have been a regular feature in our annual calendar excepting during WWI and WWII and the last two years of the Covid pandemic.

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For as long as most of us can remember the 17th of September finds us making our way to Lourdes as part of the annual Oblate pilgrimage. This year brings with it new pilgrimage dates, 14th – 19th September.

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