“My experience of Lourdes as a first timer was an overwhelming feeling of welcome: I didn’t feel like I was an outsider. I came to Lourdes not really knowing what to expect, and was a person who thought work was the be all and end all. Leaving Lourdes was emotional to say the least. But I know I wouldn’t have felt the peace I feel now had I not gone to Lourdes.”

The Diocese of Brentwood organises pilgrimages to Lourdes and Walsingham every year.

Date for the Lourdes 2020 pilgrimage is 26 July to 31 July 2020, departing from Southend.