New Year break - post no. 2: Lourdes

Whilst in our Bordères community in the Pyrénées over New Year, Bro. Henri (community Superior there) and myself took the opportunity to drive to Lourdes for the day, having lunch in our community there. We undertook the Jubilee Year pilgrimage (150 yrs. since the apparitions), following the route marked out around the town that takes you to places of importance in the life of St. Bernadette (the Boly Mill, the "cachot" ex-prison cell where her poverty-stricken family were forced to live at one point, the Grotto, of course, etc...).

One of the Jubilee pilgrimage symbols painted onto the pavements of Lourdes.

Bro. Bernard Joliveau (one of our crowd) with a nun working in the Mass office in Lourdes. Bro. Bernard spent 6 months with us in Liverpool back in the late 1980s whilst I was a University student there.

The grotto, on a cold winter's day.

The Brothers' secondary school, St. Joseph's College, in the old town near the parish church where Bernadette Soubirous was baptised.

Bro. Henri + myself proudly wearing our pilgrimage "medals" in the Brothers' community at St. Joseph's, Lourdes.

More photos to follow...

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