Monday is a day to explore Lourdes - sometimes using the little train that wanders its way around the little town of Bernadette.
If the day is fine Monday can be a day to relax and have some fun on the prairie.
But Trust pilgrims learn to adapt very quickly. We do not travel to Lourdes expecting good weather and we always remind one another that pilgrims do not complain!
Monday, day two, is the first full day in Lourdes. When we arrived at the airport on Sunday we will have met many of the pilgrims from HCPT who are here for the week also. Now we meet them in our hotels, on the street, at the grotto: everywhere. The Trust seem to have taken over Lourdes. And so we have! We are the largest English speaking pilgrimage that comes to Lourdes during their pilgrimage season. While we number nearly five thousand we are organised into small groups of 25 so it never feels as if anyone is lost or over taken by the sheer number of people around. We are big in other ways as well. We have one of the largest number of doctors, nurses, chaplains, bishops and archbishops! We have even had cardinals with us. But back to the group!