The Story of Bernadette

Bernadette Soubirous was born on the 7th January 1844. Her father Francois and mother Louise were tenants of a local flourmill - the Boly Mill - which had been worked by Louise’s family for more than 50 years.

Shortly after Bernadette was born, her mother suffered a terrible burn and was unable to feed her new baby. Bernadette was entrusted to the care of Marie Lagues in the village of Bartrès about 4 km from Lourdes. Marie Lagues was paid a small sum each month to be Bernadette’s wet nurse until she was aged two, when she returned to live in the mill with her family. The next 8 years were spent very happily in the Boly Mill in a loving environment.

Unfortunately Francois was not very business minded and when Bernadette was aged 10 the Soubirous family were evicted from Boly Mill. They eventually found shelter in the Cachot - the former town jail. Bernadette went once more to live with her former foster-mother in Bartrès.

Bernadette was devout in her faith and wanted above all else to take her First Holy Communion. As an uneducated, illiterate 13 year old Bernadette struggled to learn her catechism which was recited in the unfamiliar French language as she herself only spoke the local ‘Bigourdan’ dialect. It
was therefore decided that she would have a better chance if she returned to Lourdes, albeit to the cachot, where she could be enrolled at a free school and attend catechism class.

On 11th February 1858 Bernadette, with her sister and a friend, went to collect firewood from Massabielle and it was on this day that she first saw ‘A beautiful lady’. This was the first of 18 Apparitions. It was during the 16th Apparition that the beautiful lady revealed herself to be the Blessed Virgin with the words spoken in the local dialect ‘Que Soy Era Immaculada Conceptiou’- I am the Immaculate Conception.

Bernadette left Lourdes in 1866 at the age of 22 to join the Sisters of Charity at the Convent of St.Gildard in Nevers. Whilst in the convent Bernadette spent most of her time in the infirmary, either caring for the sick or as a patient there herself. She died in 1879 at the age of 35 after a life which had involved much physical suffering. During the canonisation process her body was exhumed three times and deemed to be incorrupt. St Bernadette was canonised in 1933.Her body now lies in a glass coffin in the Chapel at Nevers approximately 700kms from Lourdes.

 

 

Our Exclusive Air Charter Pilgrimages direct to Lourdes


Mancunia Travel is the major operator of charter flights direct to Lourdes airport from the North of the UK.


Our direct flights to Lourdes offers a unique service which is not provided by any other company on a regular basis. With only a two hour 30 minutes / 3 hours flight time and an airport transfer to the centre of Lourdes of only twenty minutes, travelling with us offers the most convenient and fastest service to Lourdes from the North of the UK.
Our flights are direct to Lourdes on Fridays during the season.

Our 2018 flights will be operating on the following dates:

Edinburgh  29 June to 6 July
(Via London Stansted)
 6 to 13 July 13 to 20 July
(Via London Stansted)
Manchester  20 to 27 July    
Birmingham 24 to 31 August    
Bristol  14 to 21 September    
London Stansted On a regular basis from Easter to October


For large groups, other dates may be available on request

Our Lourdes charter flights include:


• Jet-bridges (where possible) and therefore no steps at most airports and Lourdes.
• All taxes and charges, no supplements to pay
• FREE luggage allowance is included with all our charter flights.
• Wheelchair loan if required and requested in advance

Other flights to Lourdes

To coincide with our charter flights, we have teamed up with some excellent schedule service carriers and can offer a shorter break in Lourdes. Departing Manchester most days with flights to Toulouse, we can arrange tailor made pilgrimages for both individuals and groups (minimum 4 people).
With our own staff and transportation in Lourdes we will meet you at Toulouse and look after you throughout your pilgrimage.

 

We can also offer flights from London Stansted on most Fridays and selected Mondays from Easter until October. Please Contact Us at the office for more information.

 

It's not just about prayer - complementing the spiritual appeal of Lourdes is the beauty of the surrounding area. Lying in the south-west corner of France, the town enjoys a wonderful setting in the foothills of the Pyrenees - the mountains which form the frontier with Spain.

Our optional excursions can give you a taste of the local countryside. In Bartres you can experience wonderful scenery and clear mountain air.

If you'd rather stay in Lourdes itself, there are plenty of ways to spend your time, these include:
shops, golf course, a funicular railway on the Pic du Jer, the "little train", the local pool, the chateau, a tour of the City Poor, or simply relax at one of the cafe bars.

Optional Excursions

All our excursions are subject to minimum numbers.

Half day visit to the Pyrenean mountain village of Gavarnie, set against the spectacular backdrop of Europe’s highest waterfall.

Half day visit to Bartrès, where St Bernadette spent part of her childhood. Mass at the Parish Church can be arranged.

Half day visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Betharram and the Lac de Lourdes.

Half day trip to Pont d'Espagne, in the high Pyrenees, where you will take a ski lift visit to the Lac de Gaube.

Other excursions may be available on request and subject to sufficient numbers.

Although we are pleased to offer our Pilgrims a choice of over 50 hotels, we are featuring seven of the most popular choices. By minimising the number of featured hotels we hope to encourage our Pilgrims to be fully involved in the pilgrimage programmes that we offer.


What’s included in the price?
Lourdes pilgrimages include flights, all taxes, transfers to and from Lourdes, full board accommodation - breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will also have one of our experienced guides looking after you throughout your stay, and a spiritual programme.


Accommodation is on a Full Board basis. Please select your hotel carefully and you will find the package prices are shown within their relevant categories. The accommodations featured have been carefully selected by us, having worked closely with the owners for many years, and we are confident of the complete support and service they can offer to our pilgrims. Above all they fully comply with all French Health and Safety regulations.


Details of the hotels we offer can be found by following the links:


Hotel Ariane
Hotel St Georges
Hotel Stella
Hotel Eliseo
Hotel Paradis
Hotel Mediterranee
Hotel Padoue

 

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

9th - 12th February 2018

Prices from: £329.00 per person (plus the cost of your flight - late booking may incur a surcharge)
Single room supplement: £28.00 per night
Travel insurance: £27.00 per person
Return flights from London Heathrow to Toulouse airport, transfers to your choice of hotel with 3 nights full board accommodation.

The cost of the flights are charged at the best price received from the airline at the time of booking


Easter Week in Lourdes

2nd - 6th April 2018

Prices from: £599.00 per person (includes flight costs), sharing a room.
Single room supplement from: £28 per night.
Travel insurance: £29.00 per person.
Return flights from London Stansted to Lourdes airport, transfers to your choice of hotel with 4 nights full board accommodation.


Feast of the Assumption

10th - 17th August 2018

Prices from: £735.00 per person (includes flight costs), sharing a room.
Single room supplement from: £28 per night.
Travel insurance: £32.00 per person.
Return flights from London Stansted to Lourdes airport, transfer to your choice of hotel with 7 nights full board accommodation.


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

7th – 9th December 2018

Prices from: £289.00 per person, sharing a room (plus the cost of your flight).
Single room supplement: £28.00 per night.
Travel insurance: £27.00
Return flights from London Heathrow to Toulouse airport, transfer to your choice of hotel with 2 nights full board accommodation.

The cost of the flights are charged at the best price received from the airline at the time of booking.


Christmas in Lourdes

23rd – 27th December 2018

Price: £429.00 per person (plus the cost of your flight)
Single room supplement: FREE SINGLE ROOM
Travel insurance: £29.00
Return flights from London Heathrow to Toulouse airport, transfer to your hotel with 4 nights full board accommodation.

All pilgrims on this pilgrimage will be accommodated in the same hotel.

The cost of the flights are charged at the best price received from the airline at the time of booking.

As this is a very popular pilgrimage, and is always full, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.


All our pilgrimages include:
Participation in daily Mass, Blessing of the Sick and inclusion in the torchlight procession when it is happening. You may also visit the Baths and join in one of our guided walking tours of Lourdes and the places associated with the life and times of St. Bernadette.

All the above pilgrimages are on a Full Board basis and therefore include breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

Mancunia,
Pilgrim House, Station Court, Borough Green, Kent, TN15 8AF, UK

Tel: 0161 883 1515

E-mail: sales@mancunia.com