The LMS has had groups going to Lourdes before, but this was the first time we've attempted a pilgrimage, in accordance with Our Lady's specific request, 'with the sick'. Pilgrimages with the sick - which can mean a very wide range of things, from mild but chronic illness or disability, to the most serious issues which only pilgrimages with a high level of medical expertise can deal with - add a whole new dimension to the usual pilgrimage experience.
Our pilgrims have established a good precedent for future pilgrimages, and I hope this pilgrimage will grow and flourish. This year it was attended by 23 pilgrims, with Fr Michael Brown, LMS Regional Chaplain for the North. There are reports here, here, and here, and more photos here.