60th International Lourdes pilgrimage led by newly elected 80th Grand Master
British Association among the 7000 pilgrims joining Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre
Lourdes, May 2018
The basilica, LourdesThis is a special year in Lourdes – it marks the 160th anniversary of the Virgin’s apparitions to the 14-year-old Bernadette, it also marks the 60th anniversary of the Sovereign Order of Malta pilgrimages to Lourdes with their sick and disabled charges, and it records the first occasion that Fra’Giacomo Dalla Torre leads the pilgrimage as Grand Master. Elected on 2 May, he is the 80th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
The contingent of members and friends of the British Association of the Order totalled over 200, including 57 sick pilgrims and 14 medical staff. For some, it was their first pilgrimage to Lourdes, for others, their 60th. And for all, the pilgrimage was a combination of work, whether carrying out duties in the hospice, or organising the annual picnic, or checking all the small but vital administrative details, or running the famed British shop. For all, it was a happy combination of devotion and commitment.
Fra’Giacomo greets a pilgrim
Lourdes-Via Crucis on the Prairie