Society Of Our Lady Of Lourdes

Society Of Our Lady Of Lourdes


Botwell House, Botwell Lane, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2AB



“Finally, we can see each other again”

This cry from the heart evokes the expectation and expresses the joy of finally, since the beginning of the summer, being reunited with the pilgrims and visitors to the Grotto of the Apparitions. This 2021 season in Lourdes determinedly invites us to have confidence in the future. The desire to come back is there; and it is complete.

But we need to look rationally at the after-effects of the “Covid-19” crisis. A large proportion of the Sanctuary's resources are linked to attendance.

This year, attendance is still three times lower than before the crisis. The offertory collections, donations, and offerings as well as the numbers of people staying in our accommodation are all, therefore, sharply down. The Sanctuary remains financially very vulnerable.

The Sanctuary is a school of life and prayer for thousands of people, a place of celebration with beautiful liturgies, a haven of peace and conversion, an architectural complex that is second to none. The Sanctuary needs your donations to carry out all the projects and investments that are linked to its vocation to serve the Gospel and to prepare for the return of pilgrims in greater numbers in 2022.

We are therefore appealing to your generosity in continuing to support us in our mission. Your donations are essential. Many thanks for what you do for Our Lady of Lourdes and her Sanctuary.

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Council Vacancies 2021/22

We have a number of very dedicated and skilled Trustees leaving our Council in December 2021 when their terms of office come to an end, therefore we will be seeking nominations to fill these vacancies very soon. The role is not onerous however it does demand each Trustee has the ability to give time and the capacity to attend approximately 10 meetings per year (either in person or online ) and skills to further the work of the SOLL Council. We currently lack some capacity within the areas of IT, marketing and communication as well as basic administration. We would very much welcome expressions of interest from our members and friends. Following this we will put you in touch with a current Trustee to discuss further the role of a SOLL Council Trustee. Please complete the form below if you are interested in helping us lead the Society

Our tribute to Ray Harrison RIP - see memorial corner


The Society has been very keen to make a statement of intent to return to Lourdes if only to raise the banner opposite the Grotto in 2021 - a view maintained since the start of the year. We aspired to run a limited pilgrimage to Lourdes in the autumn. With great reluctance we have to recognise that the Coronavirus threat has not diminished to the extent hoped for or anticipated. The recent announcement of continued restrictions reinforces that reality.

It is a matter of great disappointment to us that we have therefore had to cancel these plans to visit Lourdes in October.

Please be assured of the full commitment of SOLL/the English National Pilgrimage for the Sick to return to Lourdes in May 2022. We will commence planning this summer.


Further details will be published on both the website and Facebook page as soon as they become available.

Bishop Nicholas Hudson shares a reflection on how the Teams of Our Lady have influenced his own life and gave his parents the building blocks for their marriage


Your Stories

Have you any stories that you think may be of interest to other visitors of this site? For example you may have been to Lourdes as a "first time" Pilgrim and would like to share your experience or you may have some words of comfort. If so, please upload your submission HERE


The Society of Our lady of Lourdes makes donation to Lourdes Sanctuaries

We are pleased to announce that the Society has donated £10,000.00 to the Sanctuaries at Lourdes to assist them in these difficult days and has received a letter of thanks accordingly.


A fundraising message from Simon Chandler

Hi to all our members, friends and supporters. 

I have just set up an account for the Society of Our Lady of Lourdes with  Amazon smile is the charitable side of Amazon. Everything on smile is exactly the same as the main amazon website. You log into smile with your normal amazon login details.

When you first visit you will be prompted to select your charity, you only have to do this once. Then just shop as normal.

Or you can use this link    This should take you straight to our landing page.

Amazon smile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price(excluding VAT and shipping fees) of eligible amazon smile purchases to the charity selected by the customer. 

Not everything is an eligible purchase. It will tell you next to the product description if your item is eligible.

Our Amazon donations are paid electronically every quarter.

I would be extremely grateful if everybody could have a go at this as Christmas is coming and this is FREE MONEY from Amazon and nothing in the shopping process changes for you or me, we just need to use: and select our charity.

Thank you,

Simon Chandler

Fund raising committee.

A message from Dave Farrow

SOLL’s Virtual Pilgrimage is now complete.

It will remain on-line at 

There are reflections from the priests who intended to join us this year for each of the days from Sunday through to Friday commencing with Archbishop Kevin.

It also includes celebratory pieces and photos for this and previous years.

This has been a team effort: Thank you, to Chris Howell for his inspired idea and encouragement and to Maree Anderson who turned the concept into a framework – and also fleshed it out with detail. Thanks to Archbishop Kevin for commending and introducing our virtual week. To Fr Dennis, Fr Terkura, Fr John, Fr Dominic and Fr Richard for preparing and delivering their reflections using unfamiliar technology. To Vicky Irwin & Nick Edwards for pulling together, despite lockdown, videos of praise and song by the students, & to Ollie for sharing his personal testimony. To Ray Harrison for mailing, both electronically and by post, copies of the programme and novena. To those who delivered the content: Sacha Blanchard, Danny Murphy, John Perkins - for controlling the Zoom session, Brian McCarthy for his very proactive, multiple posts on Facebook, promoting the week, and John Michell for putting it all together so beautifully with such great thought, on the website.

A candle for our pilgrimage burns at the Grotto.

I hope there will never be another virtual pilgrimage: for the Society will be going to Lourdes.


If you join us, it will.

Nick Edwards wrote: A pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred space, an act of religious devotion. Our annual pilgrimage to Lourdes in May is a long and complicated one. However you get there, either by train, plane or coach, the journey is always tiring and despite the best laid plans never easy.

Like me I am sure you were bitterly disappointed that the journey to Lourdes could not take place. Some were due to journey on pilgrimage for the very first time. They do not necessarily know what it is they have missed out on. Those who have been before - be they assisted pilgrims, members of the Society, praying pilgrims, the Massabielle group, or staff and some older students from our two schools - have a much better idea of what the Lourdes experience means and what they likely missed out on.

I often tell the students that every pilgrimage is different. However I didn’t think for one minute that the difference could look like this. A virtual reality pilgrimage. I am sure you have been reliving memories this week of pilgrimages past whilst following events online, and missing the daily routine that quickly becomes established in Lourdes. The bonds that are made, the precious time at the Grotto, the spectacle of the torchlight procession, the beauty of St Sauvin and Cite St Pierre, seeing the young and old/sick bond so naturally, an ice cream in a cafe - the list could go on.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Virtual Pilgrimage of 2020. The journey to my laptop was far easier, though admittedly less fun. It was a tremendous effort on the part of many people in the Society to help keep Lourdes in our lives at this challenging time. But I know behind the scenes a huge amount of time was required to make the short journey to my laptop a meaningful experience. Thanks to the clergy who contributed wise words and the students who provided some entertainment.

See you all next year where I hope we ALL go in great number - blue, yellow, green. Lourdes and “social distancing” or “isolation” are simply not possible words that sit easy with anyone anywhere. Lourdes is no exception. Let us ask Mary to “shield” us all during this time to allow for a safe journey back to this very special place when restrictions permit. And the ice cream is not quite the same here.

A journey that still was.


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The Accueil Notre-Dame allows sick and handicapped pilgrims to live their pilgrimage to Lourdes in the best conditions facing the Grotto.



"Want to get young people involved in the Church? Take them on a pilgrimage"


National LOTTO Bonus Ball fundraising game - weekly prizes:

Two numbers are currently available;   21 and 52. - contact the office for details,   020 8848 9833,

The SOLL Centenary Club raises money for our Sick Pilgrims - your support would be greatly appreciated:

If you are not yet a member of the Centenary Club and want to be then please contact the Society office and we will send you forms so that you can be in next month's draw.

It's just £5 per month and the more people that join the bigger the prizes will become!
Please note that half the money raised each month goes towards Society funds.

Thank you for your support ...more details


Your Prayers (last updated 6th January 2021)

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick especially Geraldine Taylor, Alan & Mary Daws, Patrick Cobbe, Mary Lay, Lourda O'Leary, Annette Hamill, Mary McCarthy, Fieke van den Berg, Hazel Gray, Trevor Lee-Yow(Oct.2018), Bill Tomlinson(Nov.2018), Jade Prisk(July 2019), Theresa Mangan(Jan.2020), Julie Munnelly(30.05.2020), Mary Hopley(28/08/20), Walter McNeela(25/08/20), Bill Metcalf(29/10/20), Ann Gallagher(Nov),  Tom Connell(30/11/20),      Win Corrigan(26/12/20), Philomena Rodgers & Family(06/01.21), Breda Walsh(15.01.21), Kay Gravells(18.01.21), Nora McCaffrey(18.01.21) and Malcolm Bowen(Jan. 2021).

We ask Our Lady to join her prayers to ours for their intentions and for the repose of the souls of all Society Friends who have died in the past few months. Especially we pray for: John Villiers(12/02/20), Bro.Jonathan Gell(Feb.2020), David Maunsell(Feb.2020), Patricia Sutcliffe(13/03/20), Kitty Riley(20/03/20),    Hazel Hayward(02/04/20), Terry Armour(08/04/20), Bridie Murphy(01.06.20), Mai O'Connell(02/06/20), Dr Lucille Mitchell(18/06/20), Susan Brennan(26/06/20), Fr William Wells(01/07/20), Lynn Lee Yow(27/07/2020), Ewa Gajewska(30/07/20), Maria Golaszewska(06/08/20), Thérèse de Casagrande(20/08/20), Theresa Hussey(13/08/20), John Kevin Dolan(13/08/20), Norman Hawkins(October), Tom McCarthaigh(06/10/20), Rita McCormack(8/10/20), Raymond Rodgers(8/10/20); Yvonne Fox(31/10/20), Norman Barnard(24/12/20), Norman Wearing, Veronica Mascarenhas(11.02.21).


May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace and may our Blessed Lady, Consoler of the Afflicted, pray for those who mourn.

Monthly Masses are offered for those on the list, and weekly Masses for ALL deceased Society Members including many who die without the office being notified.

Society Life Friend, Wigberto de Souza, has sent us the following requests from Pope Francis:

 Weep not for what you have lost, fight for what you have.
Weep not for what is dead, fight for what was born in
Weep not for the one who abandoned you, fight for who is with you.
Weep not for those who hate you, fight for those who want you.
Weep not for your past, fight for your present struggle.
Weep not for your suffering, fight for your happiness.
With things that are happening to us,
we begin to learn that nothing is impossible to solve,
just move forward.



Our Lady of Lourdes pray for us
St Bernadette pray for us

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