The Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes: 1098328
Our Lady of Lourdes
Pilgrimage Programme & Application Forms
Main party travel
Youth Group travelling by coach
Travel details from other locations
Accommodation for the sick
How to apply?
How much will it cost?
Chief Medical Officer
Leonard Cheshire VC
Treasurer and financial matters
Why must Raphael be a charity
Declaration of Trust
Terms of Reference
Health and Safety
Financial Management, Control & Accounting
Disclosure of Abuse
Review of Raphael Operations and Management
The Gilbert Thompson Memorial Fund
Trustee awareness of Charity Commission Act 2011
Children on the pilgrimage
2002 2003 pilgrimage
Requiescat in Pace ARCHIVE
Guest Book Archive
WORKSHOP 2009 - South (Archive note)
WORKSHOP 2009 - North (Archive note)
Michael Arditti's visit toLourdes with Raphael...
Lourdes 2008 : Flikr contribution
2009 pics & comments
Dedication Service September 2009 (Archive note)
Raphael Reunion in the South 2013
Catenian Association Bursary Fund
REUNION IN THE NORTH 2014
In memory of....
'Raphael - Looking to the future' A workshop day for all
The Raphael Pilgrimage to Lourdes
For more pictures click on '2013 pics' (left hand side below)
2014 dates are Monday 1st to Friday 5th September
#Reunion in the North Saturday March 1st 2014#
John Egan RIP (left hand side below 'In memory of...')
Latest accounts - see Treasurer
If you have any comments or would like to submit photos to our website then please email
Message from our Director
| Paul Affleck, our Director, offers an update
The full text can be found under 'Pilgrimage Director'
Raphael, unlike most other pilgrimages...
...aims to be 100% working pilgrimage.
That is, we take only sick pilgrims and those who care for them (helpers of every kind - priests, deacons, doctors, nurses, male lay helpers ("brancardiers") and female lay helpers ("handmaids"). If you are applying to come as a helper you must be prepared to roll up your sleeves! We take enormous pride in the loving care of our sick pilgrims, and we are regarded very highly indeed by the authorities in Lourdes, both the Sanctuary and the Hospitalité, for our standards of both professional and practical organisation. Being relatively small we maintain a good 'family feeling'.
Planning for the future
| How to move forward?
If you have any views or ideas especially on how Raphael can meet the challenges that the pilgrimage faces in the future, or if you think you can play a more active role in the pilgrimage either in the preparation before the pilgrimage and/or actually at Lourdes as an active helper then make contact with the chair of trustees on
if it is to do with the management of the charity,
if it is to do with the management of our pilgrimage to Lourdes.
We welcome new helpers!
|The picture above is of the 2008 pilgrimage.|
The Raphael Pilgrimage Charity Number 1098328
|Director: Paul Affleck
Treasurer: Mr Christopher Woodward
Chief Medical Officer: Dr Tony Blackman
It is our policy not to give out personal contact information (unless the person concerned has specifically given their permission). However you can contact the trustees and those who hold post with the pilgrimage via our email link (go to the base of this page and on the left hand side you will see 'mail form').
You will be asked for your name, email address, the subject of your enquiry and then asked to go through a simple security procedure. Your email will then be forwarded onto the appropriate person.
See also new information about finances and Gift Aid under the Treasurers section.
Paul Affleck, Director has made a request for your help and support. Please go to the 'Pilgrimage Director' page to read the message. To contact Paul direct please email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Aims of The Raphael Pilgrimage
(As set out by Leonard Cheshire , our Founder)
'To Take the sick and disabled to Lourdes, to care for them in every way during the Pilgrimage.
The Pilgrimage is under the spiritual guidance of Father Leo Heakin.
Our next pilgrimage:
1st to 5th September 2014.
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