Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The Annual Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Thursday August 28th to Tuesday September 2nd 2008, under the leadership of Most Rev. Christopher Jones, Bishop of Elphin. Pilgrimage Directors: Rev. Ray Milton & Rev. Hugh McGonagle.

The Pilgrimage usually comprises about 600 people, including 50 sick people who are cared for by 60 of a staff including 2 doctors, 25 nurses, 15 handmaids, and 20 brancardiers. The Pilgrimage also includes approximately 70 young people (from ages 16 to 21) who are looked after by 10 youth leaders. There are approximately500 regular pilgrims from all over the diocese – led by Bishop Jones.

Pilgrims who are sick and would like to travel with special invalid section should apply for an application form to Fr. Ray Milton (details below).

The cost is €660 inclusive for Full Board. This year is the 150th anniversary so demand is expected to be very high. Limited places available – we recommend you book immediately.

The cost includes:

  • Air travel from Knock to Lourdes return.
  • Transfer and assistance between Lourdes airport and your hotel on arrival/departure.
  • Full board and accommodation in Lourdes.
  • Lourdes Hotel tax and French Government tax.
  • Fully comprehensive insurance.
  • Coach Trip to the City of the Poor.
  • Pilgrimage Badge.
  • Representatives from Joe Walsh Tours/CARA will ensure all pilgrims receive a very high standard of service throughout the pilgrimage.

Not included: Single room supplement @ €150 for duration of 5 nights.

For further information contact Drum Parish office at 090-6437125.

Booking Procedure:
All Bookings on the Pilgrimage should be made through Joe Walsh Tours, 8/11 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-2410810 / 01-2410800. No booking is definite until they have received a completed booking form and €200 non-refundable deposit and until this deposit is receipted by their office.

Sick & Invalid Section
Pilgrims who are sick and who would like to travel with the special invalid section for the sick should apply for an application form to Rev. Ray Milton, Drum Parish Office, Drum, Athlone, Co. Roscommon. Tel: 090-6437125. This special invalid/sick section is accommodated at the new Accueil Notre Dame (hostel for the sick in Lourdes). Very Important: Acceptance for travel with the special section for the sick is subject to approval of the Pilgrimage Medical Board.


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