We are delighted to announce that Anne Ward recieved the "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice" medal for her considerable contribution to the diocese and pilgrimage.
Anne has been the heart of the music of Lourdes, a prolific composer and exceptional music director her music sets the tone and joy of the Masses in Lourdes and within the Diocese.
After many years of dedicated service in Lourdes, Anne Ward has decided to retire this year as Musical Director of the pilgrimage. Deacon Mike Thoms, our Pilgrimage Director, and Bishop Richard expressed their warm thanks for Anne's dedication to serving the pilgrimage over the past three decades. Whilst in Lourdes, Anne was awarded the great honour of a Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Francis, in recognition of her wonderful contribution to the pilgrimage and the Diocese as a whole. Bishop Richard presented Anne with the medal at our Opening Mass.
We all wish her a joyful and peaceful retirement.
The 2017 Pilgrimage Handbook is now available to view. We hope this will help our pilgrims in their spiritual preparation for this years pilgrimage. For those of you unable to go this year by viewing the handbook it may help you feel closer to our pilgrims.
The Arundel and Brighton Pilgrimage Vision: "Love in action"
Lady Sarah’s private funeral will take place over the coming days, so please keep her family and friends in your prayers. A Memorial Service is planned for the 28th September at 2pm in Arundel Cathedral and all our welcome. Please do come along.
In the meantime, we all felt that it would be appropriate and fitting to open an online Book of Condolence, where those of us who knew Sarah well, and wished to offer a prayer, a reflection, a memory, or a thought, could do so, knowing that her family would be heartened and comforted by what we write.
Many pilgrims will have had a wonderful week in Lourdes, experiencing what God calls us to do with our hands, our feet, our eyes, our ears and our voices. You can carry on that ministry of service by being active in any one of many Diocesan activities, and the link below will take you to a list of things you might wish to be involved in over the coming year. Many thanks for your support in making our few days in Lourdes a prayerful experience for so many people.
We pray for all deceased pilgrims
Music plays an integral part of the pilgrimage and is one of the memories pilgrims take home with them.
We have a practice day before we go to Lourdes to give you a flavour of the type of music we have for this year. We try to have music to suit a wide range of ability of instrumentalists and in the keys needed for transposing instruments such as trumpets, horns, viola, etc. It is helpful if you can let us know your instrument and ability before we go so we can prepare music for you.
Do whatever He tells you
We have produced an interview with Grace a 102 year old assisted pilgrim.