Sunday, March 22

1925: the first Lourdes Pilgrimage

On this day in 1925 Cathedral parishioners were hearing of the first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Led by Bishop Pearson, who would dedicate the Diocese to the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes, it has become an annual event. The notice book for this day in 1925 records the announcement: "Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The Bishop wants as many as possible to join this pilgrimage. He himself is going and proposes to dedicate the Diocese to Our Lady of Lourdes at her shrine. He wants it to be known that he will accompany his own diocesans. Forms and all information can be had from any of the clergy."