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About Us

We are a Registered Charity, Charity Registration Number 1086419.

The objective of the Society is to enable and encourage pilgrims, mainly from England, to visit Lourdes, minimising barriers of cost and disability.

Originally formed in 1912 by the Catholic Association to care for the sick on the English National Pilgrimage to Lourdes, the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes took over running the whole pilgrimage in 1922 and exists solely on voluntary help and donations. Formerly the prime annual pilgrimage from England to Lourdes the role of this pilgrimage has evolved to focus more on the sick as individual diocesan pilgrimages were created.

Still maintaining this heritage of specialising on care for these who require the most support to travel, each year the Society organises an annual pilgrimage for the sick to Lourdes which takes place in early summer.  Our experienced helpers are supported by qualified doctors and nurses, who together, provide 24-hour care.

In addition to this pilgrimage, the Society aims to provide support and information to all pilgrims to Lourdes, organise other events and generally to promote devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes.

This web presence forms part of that information. Inside you will find links to information on Lourdes, travel to Lourdes from England, Pilgrimages from England, items about our history, the people we help, our volunteers and much much more. We hope you will find the information interesting and useful and that you will be encouraged to join us in our work or one of the other pilgrimages.

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