Pres Girls Volunteer in Lourdes

September 8, 2017
Pierce Dargan

Four students from Presentation Secondary School in Castleisland spent five days volunteering in Lourdes recently with the Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage and it proved to be an unforgettable experience.

Students Leona Mc Enery, Shauna O Donoghue, Anna Lynch and Maura Prendiville Casey travelled with Laura Lavery, an SNA at the Castleisland school and they spent five days working as full-time volunteers.

The students worked hard during their five day trip. The day began at 6am and worked until 11pm each night carrying out a range of jobs including cleaning duties, dining duties and taking pilgrims to various ceremonies as well as caring for the sick pilgrims.

The girls took part in a full programme which included a Vigil of Reconciliation, a Vigil of Healing, participation in the Blesses Sacrament procession and a torchlight procession and Mass in the Rosary Basilica during their time there.

“The girls have had the most amazing trip and we have so much interest for next year already,” said school SNA Laura, who has travelled with the Kerry Diocesan Pilgrimage on numerous occasions.

It was the first time the Castleisland school was involved and the girls said it was an “extremely worthwhile and rewarding experience” and they praised their school for allowing them take part.

“Overall it was truly life changing, we all came home with such a positive outlook on life,” the four students said.

“We would highly recommend that everybody should go to Lourdes if the opportunity would arise for them as we can guarantee that they won’t be disappointed.”

The Castleisland group were part of 100 volunteers who travelled to Lourdes and they provided support to 51 pilgrims.

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