The Ampleforth Lourdes Pilgrimage is attended by about 300 people each year, among whom there are many different connections to Ampleforth.
Some are Old Amplefordians for whom it is an important way to stay in touch with Ampleforth, others are parents of Ampleforth students present and past, and others are current students from the Sixth Form. The pilgrimage takes place after the end of the Summer term.
All Sixth Form students are invited to apply to come on the Pilgrimage. This invitation is made just before the Christmas holiday, and this is followed up in the early part of the Lent Term. The Chaplaincy organises preparation sessions for those joining the pilgrimage. The permission of parents or guardians is needed, and Housemasters and Housemistresses are asked for references
The Alistair Roberts Memorial Fund exists to help young people participate in pilgrimages to Lourdes. It was set up in memory of Alistair Roberts (H01) who died in a car crash at the age of 18. He had taken part in the Ampleforth Pilgrimage in 2000 and 2001: he was an enthusiastic and hard-working member of the Pilgrimage, and spoke warmly about his participation. Following his tragic death his family set up a memorial fund to help provide for others what Alistair had valued so much. Many people have supported this Fund with great generosity, and it is now in a position to help a number of young people come to Lourdes, especially with our Pilgrimage.
If you want to apply for financial support to participate in the Pilgrimage, please apply via the Fund’s website www.armf.org.uk. This site will direct you to the Fund’s application form, and indicate how and when to apply.