Three Dar tal-Providenza residents were part of the annual Lourdes pilgrimage for the sick organised by the Assoċjazzjoni Volontarji Lourdes. The pilgrimage took place between the 1st and 4th of September. 168 persons were in Lourdes including 50 ailing persons. A sizeable group of youths from the Mellieħa Youth Group once again joined the Association to help as volunteers.
The Maltese group took part in the religious functions organised in Lourdes including the International Mass in the St Pius X Basilica, the Eucharistic Adoration in the same location and the Aux Flambeau.
A Mass in Maltese was held in the Grotto of Massabielle where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1856. The celebrant was Fr Josè Debono O.C.D, Chaplain of the Association.
The President of the Association, Ms Amata Camilleri said that this year an appreciable number of children were taken with the group as well as a number of sick persons that were accompanied by a medical team. With the help and love of the volunteers and of Our Lady they were able to realise their dream to make it to Lourdes.
The Assoċjazzjoni Volontarji Lourdes was founded in 2001 with the specific aim to assist ailing persons who wished to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes.