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 week at Hosanna House this summer with HCPT Group 512 (from Leicestershire). I had the pleasure of being a part of the care team. During the day I assisted the other helpers in the group, in particular the younger students from a local college. I... Read More »
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 with the Trust and how the Youth Development Programme (YDP) gave him the knowledge and confidence to take up a leadership role.
"I first travelled with HCPT at Easter as a child. I'm Catholic, so already knew all about the story of Lourdes before I went.... Read More »
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 experience. Please pray for him in the run up to his ordination to the priesthood this Summer.
I am pleased to share with you my rich experience about Hosanna House. I had been to Lourdes several times before as a personal pilgrim, and the year before... Read More »
Corey first joined an HCPT Easter pilgrimage as a sponsored child in 2004. He has since joined us for both Easter and Summer pilgrimages. He is a member of HCPT's vibrant Youth Committee. He explains what HCPT and Lourdes mean to him, and his faith.
I'm Corey. I am 26 years old. I live independently in my own flat. I have achieved many great things but I still have my own personal imperfections as we... Read More »
We spoke to Jenni, leader of one of our pilgrimage group in Wales, about her involvement with HCPT.
"I first travelled in 2012, having previously helped my mum – who is the group nurse – with fundraising. I didn't really know what to expect from an HCPT pilgrimage. You hear people talking about what it's like, but you can't really picture it. When you get there it makes sense."
"There are... Read More »
Eloise first travelled to Lourdes at Easter with HCPT as a child when she was 14. That first trip inspired her to return as a helper. Find out what makes HCPT's pilgrimages so special for her.
"My mum is friends with Michèle the leader of Group 86 (Bury St Edmunds) so I got to know a little about HCPT through that. I'd helped them out at a few fundraising events, and had it in the back of my... Read More »
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 say it was the best visit. Having so many young helpers in our group meant there was a new vibe to it. At the end of the week I felt that I had a new and extended family.
My five years of being part of the group has seen me experience some really powerful... Read More »
"Firstly, as a 'newbie' to both Lourdes and HCPT, I was a little apprehensive about what to expect. Everyone had told me I was in for an awesome week but I was aware that quite often when things are bigged up for you, it is easy to be disappointed. This was not the case with my week in Lourdes.
From the wonderful welcome we received at the airport, where our bags were whisked away and checked in with... Read More »
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. "The whole pilgrimage is a magnificent spectacle, something that sticks with you forever. The groups bathe the town in an amazing sea of colour. It's a community all as one, especially at the Trust Mass".
As soon as he could go as an adult he contacted... Read More »
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. There is no cure, and they need baths and the application of creams twice daily. In addition, Robert contracted meningitis soon after his birth, which resulted in his having a learning disability.
Travelling for the family is quite a task, not least... Read More »