Hospitaliers must be at least 18 years of age and are required to comply with the Archdiocesan Safeguarding policy.
A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place in a desire to deepen our relationship with God; it is a spiritual experience. A second but very important reason is to share our pilgrimage with others, especially those who are sick or disabled and need the support of a helper.

Role of the Hospitalité

Voluntary helpers in the Liverpool Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes welcome and care for all other pilgrims. In particular, Hospitaliers support the Professional Healthcare Team in caring for pilgrims who are sick or disabled.

Work is varied and can be very demanding, both physically and emotionally. Due to the nature of the work, Hospitaliers should be fit and emotionally stable.

Essential Qualities

  • Caring attitude
  • Responsibly behaved and sensitive to the needs of others
  • Respectful of confidentiality in all aspects of dealings with sick and disabled

Typical Activities

  • Pray together with other pilgrims
  • Listen to and talk with pilgrims
  • Assist sick and disabled pilgrims with mobility, such as to/from bed and wheelchair
  • Assist sick and disabled pilgrims with washing, dressing and other personal needs
  • Assist at mealtimes
  • Visit the Grotto and attend services, including daily Mass, and take part in processions
  • Be available at all times to be of service to those in need
  • Attend preparation days prior to the pilgrimage