Under the Patronage of Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick and Lourdes Director Father Frank O’Dea, the Lourdes 2020 Virtual Pilgrimage will run from this Friday 19 June to Monday 22 June, with celebrations being streamed live on the Limerick Diocese Facebook.

Speaking on this new initiative, Bishop Leahy said, “We have missed so much by way of Church celebrations over the COVID-19 lockdown months but the Lourdes Pilgrimage is a huge loss to the 500 plus pilgrims who make this very special journey each year.

“It’s the highlight of the year for so many and while we can’t make it to Lourdes this year, we will be there in spirit over the course of the four days as we join for these special celebrations. We can’t replicate Lourdes but we are going to have celebrations which will strike a special Lourdes chord for pilgrims. As our Lourdes Pilgrimage Director Frank O’Dea says, while this year’s pilgrimage is virtual, it is still very much real.”

Details on the pilgrimage programme can be found at https://www.limerickdiocese.org/.

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