The Pilgrimage is all about letting go! From the moment you reach the car park at Lough Derg you begin the process of letting go and slowing down. The Island is a mobile free zone and this immediately removes us from our fast paced modern lives.
Lough Derg is a place of welcome…
…come as you are, friend or stranger, young or old, searching or a peace, in joy or in sadness; come to the sanctuary of St Patrick a shrine of prayer and deep awakening to the presence of God.
The Three Day Pilgrimage is a deeply powerful experience that requires endurance and an openness to enter deeply into the spirit of the pilgrimage – surrendering to the tried and tested.
The Three Day Pilgrimage follows the tradition of St Patrick. To come on pilgrimage to Lough Derg one walks in the spiritual footsteps of St Patrick. Today, pilgrims young and old walk side by side in this place apart in a contemplative tradition that links them with St Patrick.
The Three Day Pilgrimage is a programme of prayer, fasting (one simple Lough Derg meal each day) walking bare-footed and 24hr Vigil. Without shoes and sleep and little food in our stomachs we are confronted with the essential aspects of life, everything else is stripped away and we can often discover our hidden strengths and rediscover what really matters in life.