Members of the Association of British Members of the Hospitalité of Our Lady of Lourdes held their annual reunion in York over the weekend of November 11-13, hosted by the Lourdes Hospitalité from the Diocese of Middlesbrough.
The highlight of the weekend was the Mass celebrated in York Minster by Bishop Terence Drainey of Middlesbrough. Concelebrating with the bishop were four priest members of the Hospitalité and three priests from Middlesbrough diocese.
Bishop Drainey welcomed the members of the association to York and the Diocese of Middlesbrough and thanked them for their work in accompanying and welcoming pilgrims, especially the sick and disabled.
The association used the 2011 reunion to launch a new initiative, Come Follow Me, to encourage more people to join existing members of the association in volunteering to work for the Hospitalité in Lourdes. Come Follow Me was launched as a local initiative in Middlesbrough at a seminar on the Friday evening when members described their work for the Hospitalité for a group of Lourdes helpers from the diocese.
Keith Tillotson, president of the Middlesbrough Diocesan Hospitalité, said: “The seminar was very interesting and a superb opportunity for the Lourdes helpers from Middlesbrough to learn more about the work of the Hospitalité in Lourdes. We are hoping that there will be a group of helpers from Middlesbrough to take up the challenge to Come and Follow Me.”
At the association’s AGM on the Saturday afternoon, the meeting approved a national expansion of the Come Follow Me initiative.