On Friday, 7th September, five Rhetoric students – Michéal Beirne, Harry Arkwright, James Hoey, Brian Gallagher and Hugo O’Donnell – will travel to Lourdes as part of the Dublin Diocesan Annual Pilgrimage. They will be accompanied by Mr Francis Marron, Mrs Eileen Lumb and one of our GAP students, Matthew Toomey.
While there, the boys will be working with over 120 sixth years from all over the Dublin diocese and their role will be to act as helpers in order to make the pilgrimage experience more enjoyable for over 190 sick and elderly Dublin pilgrims. Their duties will include checking pilgrims in at the airport, loading and unloading wheel chairs from the hold of the airplane and – once they arrive in Lourdes – cleaning the wards, wheeling the pilgrims to and from the many ceremonies, chatting with their new friends, performing party pieces and regularly making cups of tea!
Three of the boys will be working on ward support and two of them on Hotel supportThey will help to transfer pilgrims from their wheelchairs to the voitures or three wheeled buggies, which are used as a more comfortable mode of transport to move about in the domain and various holy sites within the sacred area. These holy sites are also an opportunity for the boys themselves to reflect and they include the Grotto, the healing baths, the stations of the cross and the Rosary Basilica.
The group will return to Clongowes on Wednesday afternoon, September 12th.
We keep them all in our prayers at this time and wish them a very worthwhile experience
Mr Francis Marron
You may follow coverage of the pilgrimage on the blog on the Archdiocese of Dublin website here.