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The Dean’s Weekly Message – 17th July 2022 Posted on Saturday 16 July 2022

St Bernadette

Later this year the relics of St Bernadette from the shrine at Lourdes will be travelling around this country to visit many of the Cathedrals and central churches and shrines. The visit to our Cathedral is from 17th September until the evening of Monday 19th. It comes at the beginning of a year when the Liverpool Diocesan Pilgrimage celebrates its centenary anniversary. It was in that first Pilgrimage in 1923 that a severely ill and disabled Jack Traynor took part as a sick pilgrim and miraculously returned healed of his condition. The Shrine of Lourdes is not only an international centre of prayer and devotion to Our Lady but a very special place of healing and compassion. Perhaps the visit of  the St Bernadette relics will mark a special time of prayer for the healing of the brokenness and lack of compassion that there is throughout our world at this time.

St Bernadette Relic Tour 2022

In September and October this year, the relics of St Bernadette will journey on pilgrimage to England, Scotland, and Wales for the very first time. This very special once in a lifetime event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to experience the special gifts and charisms of Lourdes.

For the full national itinerary and more information please go to the Catholic Bishops’ Conference website which you can find at:

 Archdiocese of Liverpool

St Mary’s R.C. Church: Mount Pleasant, Chorley, Lancashire , PR7 2SR
Arrive: 8:30pm Thursday 15 September until 10:00am Saturday 17 September

Cathedral Church of the Risen Christ: James’ Mount, Liverpool , L1 7AZ
Arrive: 11:00am Saturday 17 September until 2:30pm Saturday 17 September

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King: Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TQ
Arrive: 3:30pm Saturday 17 September until 7:00am Tuesday 20 September

Further information for Liverpool dates will be available nearer the time.

St Bernadette’s Story
St Bernadette was born in 1844 in a small town in France. Bernadette Soubirous was one of eight children born into a very poor family. Although initially unremarkable, Bernadette’s life was to inspire generations of people to journey in faith on pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Between 11 February and 16 July 1858, Bernadette saw the Virgin Mary eighteen times in a series of Apparitions that took place in cave on the outskirts of Lourdes, a place now known as the Grotto of Massabielle. In the course of these miraculous encounters, Bernadette, then aged just 14, became the friend and confidante of Our Lady, the mother of Jesus.

The Apparitions of Lourdes were authenticated in 1866 by the Bishop of Tarbes. In that same year, Bernadette left Lourdes to live out her religious vocation within the community of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers. She died in 1879, was proclaimed blessed in 1925, and a became a saint in 1933.