Lourdes is always a highlight of the Youth Service calendar, and this year was no exception. Fifty four young people from every corner of the diocese participated in the diocesan pilgrimage, serving the VIPs with generosity and commitment. For many of the young people, it was their first time: ‘spiritually refreshing’, ‘eye opening’, ‘life changing’ and ‘enlightening’ were some of the words that young people used to sum up the week. Besides pushing the VIPs in their wheelchairs and accompanying them throughout the day, the young people had the opportunity to visit Bartres where St Bernadette spent much of her life as a shepherdess, walk barefoot up the high stations, lead the candlelit procession, celebrate the sacraments and engage in some catecheses on vocation, relax at the Lac de Lourdes, and visit the Cenacolo community. On our way back home, we stopped off at Orleans where we are privileged to celebrate Mass in the cathedral.