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Lourdes Pilgrimage

Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for us

Our Lady of Lourdes
Pray for us

The Achonry and Killala annual joint diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes began on 23 August. This pilgrimage is the 42nd annual joint pilgrimage to Lourdes between the dioceses of Achonry and Killala and it will last five days, from 23 August until Sunday 28 August.

This year’s pilgrimage will be led by Bishop John Fleming, Bishop of Killala and by Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry. Spiritual Directors for the pilgrimage are Father Tom Doherty, Killala Diocese, and Father John Maloney, Achonry Diocese.

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, all pilgrims to Lourdes will have the special opportunity to enter through the Door of Mercy which is located at Saint Michael’s gate, near the Breton Cross in the Sanctuary of our Lady of Lourdes.

Pilgrims from both dioceses departed today from Ireland West Airport Knock to Lourdes, the small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees which rose to prominence in 1858 due to the Marian apparitions seen by Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized.

Today, Lourdes hosts around six million visitors every year from all corners of the world. This constant stream of pilgrims and tourists transformed quiet Lourdes into the second most important centre of tourism in France, second only to Paris, and the third most important site of international Catholic pilgrimage after Rome and the Holy Land.

Lourdes 2016




Bishop Brendan Kelly, Achonry

Our Lady of Lourdes Pray for us

Our Lady of Lourdes
Pray for us

Bishop John Fleming, Killala

Bishop John Fleming, Killala

Join us for the


August  23rd-28th 2016

led by

Bishop John Fleming, Bishop of Killala 

and Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry.

Spiritual Directors:

Fr Tom Doherty, Killala and Fr John Maloney, Achonry


  • Departs from Ireland West Airport Knock.
  • 5 nights Full Board Accommodation in the Hotel Agena.
  • Price €710 – (single rooms available, supplement applies).

To book a place on this pilgrimage:

Please contact the following:


Michael Walkin, Ballina, JWT representative on 086-6080763.


Eileen O’Brien on 087-4431325

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