Although it has not been possible to undertake any pilgrimages until very recently, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is ordinarily a regular part of Catholic life. The Christian life is a journey towards God, and in this simple act of outward physical travel, whether on foot or by aeroplane, we inwardly seek to draw closer to Christ by putting time aside to consider our relationship with the Lord, and ask where he is leading us.

An Invitation to Lourdes in 2023 

Bishop Paul Hendricks in Lourdes


For many years, it has been my privilege and pleasure to take part in our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.

After the restrictions of the past few years, I’m delighted that we are now once more able to include support for pilgrims who need assistance for medical or mobility reasons.

In Lourdes, those who are often marginalised are placed at the centre, and we who travel with them are blessed by their presence.

Together we experience the unique spirit of Lourdes and are strengthened by the prayers of Our Lady and St Bernadette.

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I warmly invite you to join us.

Bishop Paul Hendricks

Auxiliary Bishop of Kent