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Easter Pilgrimage

Every Easter over 1,000 disabled and disadvantaged children enjoy a week in Lourdes, staying in hotels with their volunteer helpers.

Summer Pilgrimage

Each Summer over 1,500 people, many of them disabled adults, enjoy a week at HCPT's Hosanna House in Bartrès, near Lourdes.

About HCPT

Lourdes has been a place for pilgrimage since 1858. Today over five million people per year visit the town. HCPT founder Dr. Michael Strode first visited in 1951 and saw the potential to organise a pilgrimage for disabled children at the school where he was working. HCPT itself was founded in 1956.

It revolutionised the way that disabled people enjoyed a trip to the famous shrine.

Read Stories from HCPT

  • Family enjoys its first full week away!

    Family enjoys its first full week away!

    Robert is 26 and his brother Michael is 22. They both have a rare genetic condition where their skin grows too quickly, making it constantly dry and flaky....

  • "I'm the person I am thanks to HCPT."

    "I'm the person I am thanks to HCPT."

    Isla tells us about why her Summer stays with HCPT have meant so much to her. "I stayed at Hosanna House for the fifth time last July. I would have to...

  • Those who give find that they receive far more in return

    Those who give find that they receive far more in return

    Hosanna House is fortunate to welcome Seminarians each Summer for pastoral placements. One of last year's intake, Deacon Julian Davies, told us about his...

  • Every little thing is so memorable

    Every little thing is so memorable

    Lottie, who travelled to Hosanna House this Summer (her third stay), told us why a week on pilgrimage with HCPT is so special for her.

    "I spent an amazing...

  • "I feel part of a big family."

    "I feel part of a big family."

    Paul, who has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, first travelled with HCPT as a child pilgrim at Easter when he was 15 and remembers that experience very vividly....

  • A youthful route to leadership

    A youthful route to leadership

    Despite still being in his 20s, Liam has had a long association with HCPT - most recently as a leader of a Summer group. He spoke to us about his time...