Day 4 – Virtual Pilgrimage 2017

28th July 2017

Can’t believe it is the last full day in Lourdes. This week always seems to fly by, that said there has been so much to savour and plenty to reflect on in the coming weeks and months.

Today was no less impactful, in fact today has been a rollercoaster with everything from processions to 2 parties for the BCYS. On top of all of this it was the official Centenary Mass of the Pilgrimage, to celebrate our Diocese being 100 years old.

Paschal Uche, a seminarian for the Diocese of Brentwood who is going into his fourth year of study, is our host for today’s virtual pilgrimage.



2017 has been a significant year for the Diocese of Brentwood. This is the year we have celebrated our centenary, when Bishop Ward was asked to become the first Bishop of Brentwood.

In the history of the Diocese the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes is perhaps one of the most significant, if not most joyful event in the calendar. The BCYS have been coming for over 30 years and God willing long into the future.

Fr Dominic Howarth, the Episcopal Vicar of Youth and Vocations, preached on this significant occasion on the need for compassion and reaching out to those on the margins. You can watch the Homily below (due to a uploading fault, the video actually starts at 1:02):