It is with profound regret that HCPT's 2020 Easter Pilgrimage to Lourdes has been cancelled.

This decision was taken by HCPT's board of trustees, with the support of the management team, after a detailed evaluation of the situation surrounding the COVID 19 (coronavirus) epidemic, and consideration of likely trends over the next few months. The decision took particular account of announcements made yesterday by French authorities with regard to the risks of gathering in large numbers and our concerns about the potential risk of any requirement for a period of isolation in France should an outbreak of the virus occur in the Lourdes area.

HCPT's primary concern has been the wellbeing of all individuals its care.

We are acutely aware of the disappointment of this decision and the impact it will have on our pilgrims who have been looking forward to this event for some time. This sadness is shared by thousands right across HCPT, who have been preparing for this year's Easter Pilgrimage.

  • Currently there is no change to plans for HCPT's summer 2020 pilgrimages to Lourdes.
  • HCPT continues to monitor the emerging COVID-19 situation very closely.

For further information, please follow the links below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/