Applications for Summer Lourdes 2022 Pilgrimage are now OPEN, with some small restrictions;

  • This years’ pilgrimage will be open to all those aged 16 (school year 11) and above
  • We would ask that those who travel with us have been double vaccinated and received a booster vaccination, where eligible. (If for any reason you are medically exempt from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination and wish to travel, please contact us directly).

No applications will be confirmed or accepted until February 2022.

Please do bear with us as we plan this trip whilst there are so many changes, restrictions and uncertainty around travel. 



Please read this page carefully before applying.

The BCYS Summer Lourdes Pilgrimage is one of our most popular annual events and is always heavily oversubscribed, with around 250 young pilgrims and volunteer leaders travelling.

The online booking system will remain open until 31st January 2022 for individuals to register interest (Please select the “Apply Now” button on this webpage).

Places will then be confirmed and successful applicants notified in the first week of February.



The week is spent travelling alongside the main Diocesan pilgrimage as we assist the elderly and infirm, particularly those in wheelchairs, to get to Masses and services, visiting the shops and cafes of the beautiful French town, as well as joining them for social time together, as for many pilgrims, it is one of the few times they are able to leave their house.


For those travelling with the BCYS, the week will also include a retreat, reconciliation service, the chance to visit the baths, a trip to the stunning mountain town of Gavarnie (part of a UNESCO World Heritage site), social nights and party as well as experiencing the Lourdes Torchlight Procession and Blessed Sacrament Procession.



The pilgrimage is open to all those in school year 11 – 13, with all those of school leaver age (18+) invited to join us as young leaders (subject to attending a training weekend, see details below).



This year’s pilgrimage will be leaving Brentwood on Saturday 23rd July and returning on Saturday 30th July.

Exact timings will be confirmed in early 2022.





We ask that all those attending have received both COVID-19 vaccinations and booster, where eligible.

Due to Brexit, individuals with a British passport will need to apply for a Visa to travel to France.

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will now be replaced by the GHIC which will also need to be obtained by the individual before travelling.


Please bear with us as we investigate and confirm all details around Visas, COVID passports, costs, etc.



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LEADERS (Age 18+, having left school)

To serve as a leader in Lourdes it is compulsory to attend the Leaders Training weekend which will take place on both Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July at Walsingham House.



Those in year 13 will be asked to attend a training and information afternoon on Sunday 3rd July, 2pm – 5pm at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Billericay.



There will also be an information evening for young people and parents on Sunday 3rd July at 6:30pm. This will take place at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Billericay.



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If you have any questions or concerns please speak to us as soon as possible, by emailing [email protected]





Applications will be open from 24th October until 31st January, and places will then be confirmed in the first week of February.

The first 125 places will be offered to those from school years 10—12.

Up to 25 places will be offered to those in school year 13.

Places will be allocated to ensure as many parishes and schools as possible from the diocese are represented. 

Where we receive a large number from one school or parish, places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.