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12th Aug 2023 - A Trip Down Memory Lane


It is now 20 years since the 80 strong youth pilgrimage to Lourdes.


Sisters of Mercy, Youth Mercy Associates and Mercy Associates travelled in two coaches. This had been the ‘dream’ of YMA from the start of the first group, by Sister Patricia Bell, in 2000.


It was a wonderful experience to see all the groups of young associates gather at Our Lady’s shrine. The pilgrimage was opened in the crypt of Sacre-Coeur, Paris, on 15th August, The Assumption, and closed eight days later on the 22nd August, The Queenship of Mary, in Rue du bac, the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, Paris.


What a memorable experience for all the young ones, and of course, also us older ones too !


Tommy and Monica Mills

YMA & High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne



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