"I am the Immaculate Conception."
Kensington Travel offers a variety of pilgrimages to Lourdes. Pilgrims travelling with Kensisngton Travel will enjoy an organised programme which includes Masses, walking tours and excursions offered exclusively for our pilgrims and guided by English speaking Spiritual Leaders and our resident representatives.
While in Lourdes, you may visit the Grotto where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette. Bathe in the miraculous waters, attend the daily ceremonies, and visit the Boly Mill where Bernadette was born and the Cachot where she lived at the time of the apparitions.
Tour includes: Mass, guided tour and Stations of the Cross, Chateau Fort, The Lourdes Museum, Torchlight Procession
Optional Excursions include: Bartes, Pont d'Espagne, Gaverie
Saint Bernadette was born in Lourdes on the 7th January 1844. She was a sickly child, unable to go to school regularly and, at the age of fourteen, having failed to learn her Catechism, was still to take her first Holy Communion. Yet it was to her Our Lady chose to appear.
Bernadette, with her younger sister and another girl, went to collect firewood from the banks of the River Gave. There, as Bernadette herself was to tell, "... I looked up at the Grotto, I saw a lady dressed in white. She was wearing a white dress with a blue sash and a yellow rose on each foot".
Our Lady appeared to Bernadette on seventeen other occasions that year, the last being on the 16th of July.
She asked Bernadette for people to come here in procession and since then millions of pilgrims have visited Lourdes to pray, bathe in the holy water and drink the water which sprang so miraculously at Our Lady's command.