Maltese Association Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2017
Maltese Association Pilgrimage Director
The President, HE Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata
The 2017 pilgrimage to Lourdes, organised by the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta was, once again, a huge success. I am incredibly grateful to all the members of the organising committee, who worked so very hard for so many weeks and months to make sure that everything was prepared to the very best of our abilities.
It is most impressive, and greatly humbling, to witness the many dedicated members and volunteers of the Order of Malta, performing their Hospitaller vocations with an abundance of generous love. Their hard work, from the most minor and sometimes imperceptible task, through to the ones which are eminently visible, make all of this possible.
I am also most grateful to all our various sponsors. It would be almost impossible for me to mention them all, as we are blessed by very many generous souls. Please allow me therefore to limit myself to one: The Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation, which assists us greatly year after year. The MCCFF, and all the other individuals and organisations that provide us with financial assistance are also an indispensable cog in this complicated machine. We are greatly indebted to the generosity of each and every one of them.
We are most grateful to Our Lords the Sick, who give us the opportunity to serve Our Lord himself through them. We are honoured by the privilege of assisting them.
And, finally, we thank our dear Mother herself, who intercedes for us, with St John the Baptist and the Blessed Gerard, in our mission of service.
The Experience in Lourdes
Here are a few comments from the local pilgrims and guests to the Marian shrine: