A large number of pilgrims recently participated in the 50th Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, led by Bishop Martin Hayes.

Prior to departure, Bishop Martin sent the following message to those travelling on the pilgrimage:

As we embark on the 50th Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes we give thanks for all who have prepared for and participated in the pilgrimages to date.

This year, due to the pandemic, we are unable to bring our sick as has been part of the tradition of pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Therefore, I ask that we keep all our sick in our prayers on our pilgrimage this year.

The pastoral theme for Lourdes over the next three years is based upon the words of the Mary to Bernadette during the thirteenth apparition on 2nd March 1858: “Go tell the priests to build a chapel here and that people should come in procession.” 

During this year, 2022, the focus is upon the phrase “Go tell the priests” which has two aspects, the missionary (‘Go tell’) and why Mary directs her message to priests (‘the priests’).  All of us are called to be missionaries by telling others the message of Lourdes, of the experience of Bernadette and of the experience of pilgrims to Lourdes today.  Mary spoke to all of us who share in the common priesthood of the baptised and specifically to ministerial priests who are always called to be at the service of the common priesthood of the faithful.

May our pilgrimage offer us the opportunity for prayer, petition, and renewal.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

+ Martin Hayes

Bishop of Kilmore