17 students and 4 staff from Notre Dame headed off to Lourdes in July to take part in the annual pilgrimage, working with the Leeds hospitality team – an adult group of nurses and carers who accompany sick pilgrims the whole time they are there.
The students worked extremely hard, sometimes starting at 7am. They assisted the pilgrims at mealtimes and accompanied them to all the pilgrimage events. They also took part in all the services themselves, developing their own faith and spiritual awareness in the process. Along with Mount St Mary’s Catholic College, one of Notre Dame’s main feeder schools, they students played a pivotal role in the reconciliation service; they delivered readings and mimed the gospel story of the Prodigal Son.
In the evenings, the students took on the role of performers, and sang songs in order to entertain the sick pilgrims.
Trip leader and teacher Pete Smith said, “The entire college community is extremely proud of our Lourdes students. They were always patient and put the pilgrim’s needs above their own without any complaint. It was a privilege to share this wonderful experience with them.”
Pictured are some of the Notre Dame students accompanying a pilgrim.