It is with deep regret and sadness that the Shrine has made the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Youth Pilgrimage due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
In line with other similar youth events and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty, we have no option but to take this course of action. Our commitment to the health and safety of all those participating means this is the only viable option.
Even if the situation improves by August, organising such a large event would prove extremely difficult as the Shrine, businesses, schools and churches are closed at the moment and for the foreseeable future.
This will no doubt be disappointing news for all our young pilgrims as well as our amazing volunteers, group leaders, suppliers and all those involved with the event. However, the Shrine remains committed to its work with children and young pilgrims and will continue to support all who are engaged in their care and nurture.