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Lourdes Pilgrimage 2014

Our next Pilgrimage takes place from 22 - 29 August 2014. Each year, the Catholic Association Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes is responsible for coordinating the welcome and care of pilgrims, especially our assisted pilgrims, who come to Lourdes. You will require a PDF viewer to view most of these forms. To view the forms click on the link. To save the forms, right click on the link and choose Save As.

Volunteer Helpers

Men and women of all ages and backgrounds come to Lourdes as volunteer helpers to answer Our Lady’s request for people to ‘come in procession’, but more importantly they come in response to the command of her son Jesus to love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Gospel of Mark 12:29-31).These volunteer-helpers, who are pilgrims themselves, strive to encounter Jesus in each pilgrim, caring for their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The CA Hospitalité includes doctors, nurses, and non-medical helpers: brancardiers (male) and handmaids (female).

Anyone who books through Tangney’s (our official travel agent) should receive their Helpers' Application Form when their booking is accepted. Or, if you are a Young Helper, please use the form below. Coming soon.

  • Tangney Tours CA Brochure **COMING SOON** (A4) or
  • Tangney Tours CA Brochure **COMING SOON** (A3) and
  • Tangney Tours booking form **COMING SOON**

However, if you are travelling independently, please see below.

Brancardiers & Handmaids (non medical helpers)
Those who will be arranging their own travel and/or accommodation will need to fill in the helpers' application form and should also read the letter below. If you intend to travel with the Young Helpers Group, please do not fill in this form. The Young Helpers Group form is available below.

To volunteer as a brancardier or handmaid, please complete the below application form. Please send it as soon as possible and by no later than 1 June 2014:

Minimum age for helping is 17 and there is no maximum age.

If you would like to volunteer as a nurse on our Pilgrimage, please fill in the form below. The nurses form need to be returned to the Chief Nurse by 1 June 2014.

If you would like to volunteer as a doctor on our Pilgrimage, please contact the Chief Medical Officer.

Young Helpers (age 17 - 25)
If you intend to travel with the Young Helpers Group, please fill in the below form and no other:

Additionally, if you have children, the CA organises the Helpers' Children's Programme (HCP), which offers a programme of activities for the children (0 - 16) of helpers working on the Pilgrimage. It is generally open from 8.30 - 12 and 2 - 6 each day and your duties can be adjusted accordingly.

Families wishing to book their children in with HCP can download the form below. HCP accepts the children of helpers (handmaids, brancardier, nurses and doctors); it can also accept the children of Assisted Pilgrims on a case by case basis.

People wishing to volunteer with HCP are most welcome - you can download the form below. We have a preference for people who have come with the CA as a helper at least once before and who have experience of childcare/teaching/youth groups.

Please do not hesitate to contact HCP by email if you have any queries.

  • Application form **COMING SOON**

Music Group
If you want to volunteer as a full-time singer/musician, please contact the Director of Music by emailing Catherine Christmas. It will also be possible to be a volunteer helper too.

Assisted Pilgrims

If you, or a friend/family member would like to come to Lourdes as an Assisted Pilgrim in 2014, please fill in the form below. Our Assisted Pilgrims are those who are ill or disabled, and would like to stay at the Accueil or a hotel, and will need assistance from our team of helpers.

Financial help may be available, either through your Diocesan/Group Director, or through speaking to a member of the Hospitalité by filling in the following form, here.

CA Hospitalité Members - your help


CA Stage

Why not consider a stage in May or August? Stage is a great opportunity and experience. It is well worth CA helpers trying out a stage at least once and discovering another side to Lourdes.


If you are not planning to come as a volunteer helper or assisted pilgrim, please fill in the form below:

  • Tangney Tours booking form COMING SOON*

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