Oblate Youth Service Projects



Why Volunteer in Lourdes 2015

Become a young volunteer in Lourdes 2015. Traveling to Lourdes as a youth volunteer on a trip like this has changed lives, many times over. This is an incredible experience for anyone aged 17 - 30. The Lourdes experience has the potential to shape young lives. Young volunteers will return with a very different outlook on life. Over the 27 years of involvement with the Oblate Youth Service in Lourdes, we have witnessed people experiencing profound personal and spiritual growth and we have seen quite a number of people finally discover their career path in the care sector. We have seen the strongest of friendships formed both within the Oblate Youth Service, and with the patients we have cared for. On a more practical level, involvement with the Oblate Youth Servive in Lourdes teaches many key skills for later in life: responsibility, reliability, team work, interpersonal skills - the list is endless. 

Lourdes Volunteer 2015Role of a Volunteer in Lourdes

As Oblate Youth Service Volunteers in Lourdes we are tasked with a number of responsibilities during a working day. These include helping with the transport of sick pilgrims from the Accueil (hospital) to various ceremonies. Assisting sick pilgrims at mealtimes. Bringing sick pilgrims into Lourdes town, for coffee or souvenir shopping. Performing various duties in ceremonies, such as carrying candles, flags or other items. Looking after sick pilgrims, their personal belongings, clothing etc.. And spending time with the sick, in conversation.

Volunteer in Lourdes 2015 Travel Details & Requirements

If you wish to volunteer in Lourdes 2015 with the Oblate Youth Service you must be able to meet the following criiteria:

  • 2015 Volunteer in LourdesBe available to travel between the 15th - 23rd of September 2015
  • Be aged 17 or over on the date of outward travel.
  • Have paid the cost of the trip in full (€550/£450) before date of travel (Cost includes return flights from Dublin. All bus tranfers to and from Lourdes and the airport. 8 Nights full board accomodation in Lourdes including lunch).
  • Submit to necessary Garda/Police Vetting process.
  • Complete and return all relevant application forms.
  • Attend the mandatory induction/training day in Inchicore, Dublin  during the month of August.
  • Accept and agree to respect the Catholic nature of the pilgrimage and must be willing to attend the ceremonies as required.
  • Agree to submit to the authority of the management structure in place for the duration of the trip.

The trip is subsidised by the Oblates and costs more than the €550 charged. There is no profit made on the trip.

Contact Details to Volunteer in Lourdes 2015

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer in Lourdes 2015 with the Oblate Youth Service please use the contact details below for Ireland and the UK

Volunteer in Lourdes 2015IRELAND
Padraig Corcoran
OYS Lourdes Management Team
Phone - 00353 87 7723255
Ronan Lavery
Oblate Youth Worker
Denis Hurley House
14 Quex Road
London NW6 4PL
Phone - +44 (0) 20 76247296