Who’s Who

The Pilgrimage is a family made up of many, each individual member offering themselves in service of all. Our pilgrimage draws people from every corner of our Diocese; young and old, those needing assistance and those able to offer it, pilgrims coming to Lourdes to for the first time and those who come year after year. In response to Mary’s invitation to Bernadette, we come as a family to Lourdes each summer and spend a week together in prayer, fellowship and service.

Planning and stewardship of the Pilgrimage falls to the Core Group who work throughout the year to plan our week in Lourdes. The Diocesan Hospitalité Council meets regularly throughout the year to support the pilgrimage and its work, both in Lourdes and at home.

Who’s who?

Pilgrimage Leader:

The Right Reverend Robert Byrne, CO, Bishop of Hexham & Newcastle

Pilgrimage Core Group

Pilgrimage Director:

Assistant Pilgrimage Director:

Youth Section Co-ordinator:  

Master of Ceremonies: 

Chaplain to the Sick:

President of Hospitalité:

Vice President of Hospitalité:

Medical Officer:

Senior Nurse:

Health & Safety Officer:

Safeguarding Officer:

Director of Music:


Father Stephen Watson

Father Michael Humble


Father Shaun Purdy

Reverend Peter Jones

Claire Garbutt

Christine Jones

Dr Dermot Kearney

Kath McTernan


Claire James

Father Shaun Purdy