Dear Dames, Knights, Chaplains, Provisionals, and Auxiliary Members:
On behalf of the leadership of the Order of Malta, Western Association, it is my pleasure to kick-off preparations for the 2022 Lourdes Pilgrimage. The dates for the Order of Malta Lourdes Pilgrimage are April 26 – May 4, 2022.
The Leadership Team is confident that it will be able to organize and execute a successful Pilgrimage, one that is both healthy and safe based on the lessons learned from the 2021 Lourdes Pilgrimage. We will employ and refine the processes, procedures, protocols, and strategies in 2022 that enabled us to successfully execute the 2021 Lourdes Pilgrimage. The experience we gained from executing our health and safety plan during the 2021 Pilgrimage will enable the Leadership Team to effectively respond to challenges posed to the health and welfare of our Pilgrims.
The base price of the 2022 Lourdes Pilgrimage remains $3,600 for the Air and Land program, which includes charter airfare for the nonstop flight from Los Angeles to Lourdes. The Land Only option is $2,700. The exciting news is that once again our charter aircraft is a new Boeing 787 Dream Liner operated by Air Tahiti Nui that offers the latest in amenities to ensure our pilgrims a healthy, safe and comfortable travel experience. There will be upgrade opportunities from Economy Class to Business and Premium Classes.
Early registration will begin on October 25, 2021. Leadership, Provisional Members, and Medical Team Members will be sent the application link prior to general registration. The registration link will be sent out to all Members on November 1, 2021.
Individual Registration for the Pilgrimage requires submission of a completed registration package on a first come, first served basis. A complete registration package includes:
1) Online registration form
2) Full payment
3) Recent personal photo
4) VIRTUS Certificate that does not expire prior to April 26, 2022
5) COVID-19 Vaccination card
We anticipate the Governments of France and the United States and our charter carrier, Air Tahiti Nui, will require that all Pilgrims receive an approved COVID-19 vaccine to participate in the 2022 Lourdes Pilgrimage. If there are any new requirements, we will adjust as necessary
SPECIAL NOTE: Although we are planning for a safe and normal pilgrimage, we will follow applicable governmental regulations. If we must cancel the pilgrimage, you will receive a full refund.
Your participation in the pilgrimage will be confirmed when a complete registration package is received. Note that Members must be current with their Yearly Contribution to register.
If you would like to nominate an individual for consideration to participate in the 2022 Lourdes Pilgrimage as a Malade, please complete the online form here.
If you have any questions, please contact me at my mobile number listed below.
Mark S. Tiernan, KM
Lourdes Pilgrimage 2020-2023