After 2 years holding a virtual pilgrimage, Brentwood Catholic Youth Service are thrilled to be planning our hugely popular Summer Lourdes Pilgrimage for 2022.

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 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 beautiful 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 10 – 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.




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.


YEARS 10 – 12

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