This evening, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi will leave Malta for Lourdes to lead the annual diocesan pilgrimage of the sick organized by the Maltese Association for the Transportation of the Sick to Lourdes (UMTAL). The Bishop will be accompanied by Fr Joseph Mizzi, UMTAL’s Chaplain, and Fr Wistin Attard OFM Cap.

A total of 180 persons made up of 48 patients, 64 pilgrims and 68 volunteers that include 5 doctors, 6 nurses, 3 pharmacists and 7 student nurses, will be going on this pilgrimage. The Maltese group shall participate in various religious functions, including the Eucharistic Adoration and the evening procession known as the ‘Aux Flambeaux’. Tomorrow, Tuesday, 18th July, the Auxiliary Bishop will celebrate a Mass in Maltese in the Grotto at 8:30am. The group will return to Malta on Saturday, 22nd July 2023.

Patients, volunteers or pilgrims who wish to have this spiritual experience in July next year may contact UMTAL on [email protected]. More information may be obtained from

Click below to watch Mass in Maltese celebrated in the Grotto on Tuesday 18th July at 8:30am.