Friday 24 January 2020

Book marks 50 pilgrimages from Ferns to Lourdes

Catriona Gregg and Marian Roice (Wexford), Cllr Willie Fitzharris, and Larry Fitzharris (Clonmines)
Catriona Gregg and Marian Roice (Wexford), Cllr Willie Fitzharris, and Larry Fitzharris (Clonmines)
Mary Doyle (Wexford), Ethel Bates (Wexford), Margaret Crosbie (Wexford) and Helen Lawton (Kilmore)
Fr David Murphy and Bishop Denis Brennan, who launched the book

Maria Pepper

A commemorative book marking the 50th occasion of the Ferns Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, was launched by Bishop Denis Brennan at a reception in the Ferrycarrig Hotel.

The Ferns pilgrimage to the French Shrine of Our Blessed Lady and St. Bernadette is one of the oldest in Ireland.

The 100-page book entitled 'Ferns-Lourdes: A Celebration of 50 Pilgrimages' is a limited edition publication and is on sale at €10 a copy.

While it is not a definitive history, the book traces the origins of the pilgrimage from 1954 when the first pilgrimage took place, to the 50th pilgrimage in May 2018. It contains old and fascinating photographs from the early days, a series of anecdotal articles from people who made the trip - some as many as 25 times in total- and a large selection of photos in colour and black and white taken during the 50 pilgrimages which will bring back happy memories for participants.

Among those who attended the launch were many pilgrims from all over the county who have taken part in the Ferns trip down through the years.

Also present was Fr. Brian Broaders, the parish priest of Rathnure who is the Spiritual Director of the pilgrimage and was involved in the preparation of the book which is available to buy from parish offices in St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy, St. Michael's Church, Gorey, Clonard Church in Wexford, New Ross and the Bishop's House in Summerhill.

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