PMI Lourdes 2016
The dates for next year's 59th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes have been confirmed by the French Minister of Defence as the weekend of 19-21 May 2017. Departure dates from Ireland will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Bookings will be handled by Joe Walsh Tours Tel 01-2410800.After World War II, French soldiers and their chaplains invited German soldiers and their chaplains to gather and pray together. This initiative sought to heal memories, reconcile the past by recognising their common identity as Christians in need of peace. Since 1958 the pilgrimage has expanded to include other countries of Europe, the Americas and other states. In 2014, military pilgrims and their friends were very conscious of the difficulties throughout the Middle East, Gulf States and in Ukraine. 30 soldiers from the French contingent were baptised and 70 were confirmed during joy-filled ceremonies which marked their reception into a Christian community which they first discovered through the lives and example of their fellow military personnel. The 12,000 military pilgrims walked in the Torchlight Procession and prayed for peace in different parts of the world. The gathering of musicians from Irish and UK delegation has been ongoing in recent years and has produced some memorable gatherings on the road outside our hotels. This year's gathering featured "Highland Cathedral" and "Amazing Grace" - an evening to "play in" the new tarmac laid on the day of our arrival (replacing that which was destroyed in last June's flooding disaster along avenue du Paradis and in the Grotto area).