The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were the first group to organise pilgrimages to Lourdes from Ireland and the UK. We have been organising pilgrimages to Lourdes since 1883, and we are the longest running English speaking pilgrimage to the Marian shrine.
Every year pilgrims join us from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, 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.