Diocese of Ossory Annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
May 17 – May 22 all-day
Bookings for our Pilgrimage, 17th to 22nd May inclusive, can be now made directly with 
Liz Molphy, Joe Walsh Tours, 143 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.  Tel: 01 2410800 Email:   
Anyone wishing to travel as an Assisted/Sick Pilgrim, should contact the Co-ordinator, Anna Corr through
All bookings should be made and paid for before Good Friday, 10th April, 2020.  Fare €790 p.p.s.
Ossory Pilgrimage to Rome 2020
Aug 24 – Aug 29 all-day

Ossory Diocese


Ossory Adult Faith Development

August 24th – 29th, 2020

Enlivening our faith through the art treasures of the Eternal City

Pilgrimage Chaplains: Fr Dermot Ryan and Fr Kieran O’Shea

Why not join us on the Adult Faith Development pilgrimage to Rome. The Eternal City has a remarkable array of religious works of art – frescoes, paintings, sculptures, mosaics, stuccos. Over the centuries these treasures have inspired, educated and uplifted countless people. Our itinerary will explore the religious and catechetical meaning of some of these masterpieces as we reflect in faith and prayer.

Included in the price €859 p.p.s.:

  • Five nights in Irish College Rome, B&B
  • Guided tours of all places visited
  • Coaching for all excursions on the itinerary
  • Pope Francis Audience at St Peter’s Square
  • Full religious programme
  • Includes one four-course dinner
  • Includes one buffet dinner at the Irish College
  • Coach tour by night
(Extra costs:  Single room supplement of €25 per night; Travel insurance; 15kg/20kg suitcase (optional – €74/84))

For full details and booking contact:

Ossory Adult Faith Development

Tel. 056-7753624



IEC 2020 @ Irish Pilgrimage to the 52nd IEC in Budapest
Sep 12 – Sep 21 all-day

Join the Irish Pilgrimage to Budapest for IEC2020

Bookings are now open for the official Irish pilgrimage to the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress which will take place in, Hungary, from 13 – 20 September 2020. Encouraging pilgrims to attend the Congress in Budapest, Bishop Kevin Doran, the Irish bishops’ delegate for International Eucharistic Congresses, said: “The Church in Hungary is inviting us to join with it to celebrate the next International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest next year. Ireland has had that privilege in 1932 and in 2012. Hungary has very deep Christian roots, dating back 1000 years to its first King, Saint Stephen. The beautiful city of Budapest was a place of suffering for Jews and Christians alike for much of the 20th century. What better way for us to express our communion with the people of Hungary and, at the same time, to renew our experience of Dublin in 2012? I look forward to meeting with hundreds of Irish pilgrims on the banks of the Danube next September.

“In addition to the daily activities of the Congress – the celebration of Mass and the delivery of catechesis and testimonies by clergy and well-known lay Catholics from around the world – pilgrims will also be able to enjoy a variety of cultural events and outdoor activities. There will also be an opportunity, for those who wish, to visit the cities of Estergom and Gyor.”

Bishop Doran concluded, “In Ireland, as we prepare for the IEC2020 in Budapest, we will host a National Eucharistic Congress Adoremus 2020 at the national Marian shrine in Knock, Co Mayo, on 19 and 20 June next year. Adoremus 2020 is a joint initiative between the National Apostolate of Eucharistic Adoration and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. All are welcome.”

Bishop Kevin Doran is Bishop of Elphin. In 2012 Bishop Doran was Secretary General of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress which took place in Dublin on the theme, ‘The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with One Another’. He is the national delegate of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses. In 1932 Ireland hosted the 31st Congress which coincided with the 1500th anniversary of Saint Patrick’s arrival in Ireland.

The International Eucharistic Congress is a gathering of people every four years, somewhere in the world, which aims to promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church; to help improve our understanding and celebration of the liturgy and to draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist. These aims are achieved through a programme of pastoral preparation in the lead up to the Congress and a programme of liturgical and cultural events, lectures and workshops throughout Congress week.

Hungary last hosted the International Eucharistic Congress in 1938. The theme of IEC2020 is ‘All My Springs are in You’. It is taken from Psalm 87 and refers to God as the source (or spring) of life for his people.

Those interested in being part of the IEC2020 pilgrimage from Ireland are invited to contact Joe Walsh Tours at the following link

For more on IEC2020 see or click here for more information on

Click here to download the brochure for more information. Click here to download the itinerary of the Pilgrimage.

Ossory Diocesan Office James’s Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056-7762448 Fax: 056-7763753 E-mail: