Current Council Members


Mrs Kim O'Connor




I first visited Lourdes in 2004 with the Leeds diocesan pilgrimage and was Lead Nurse from 2011 to 2019. From 2010 I joined the Hexham & Newcastle diocese and began travelling twice a year to Lourdes, then in 2013 I…

Dr Joe O’Dwyer


Vice Chair


Joe is a consultant anaesthetist. He has travelled with the Arundel and Brighton Pilgrimage for many years, and has become their Chief Doctor this year. He was secretary to the Lourdes Medical Association and International Liaison Officer of the BLMA…

Mrs Sue Brown


Treasurer and Membership Secretary


Grew up in Sutton Coldfield and trained at Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing qualifying in General Nursing in 1978. Over the last 40 yrs have gained experience in a wide range of nursing but for the last 20 years I…

Dr Jenny Klimiuk




Mrs Paula Mitchell


Paula is lead nurse on the Birmingham Diocesan Pilgrimage.

Dr. Jane Pateman


I trained in London and work in Brighton as an anaesthetic consultant. I was a very reluctant companion with two small children on my husband’s first Lourdes pilgrimage in 1997, when I unexpectedly found it an amazing and fulfilling experience.…

Dr John Roper


John works as a specialist in community paediatrics. He has been to Lourdes for many years with HCPT and with Shrewsbury Diocese. He has also been a member of the Lourdes Hospitalite for many years.

Ms Nikki Wisdom


My background is of working as an A&E nurse, latterly as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner, before moving to Primary Care. I completed a degree as a Nurse Practitioner, and am currently studying a MSc in Advanced Practice. I am also…

Dr Hamilton Grantham


Hamilton travels with the Ampleforth Pilgrimage. He joined the Council in 2019.

Dr Marilyn Browne


Marilyn is a General Practitioner. Until recently she travelled with the Birmingham Pilgrimage.

Dr Monica Bald (nee Doyle)


I started travelling to Lourdes in 1996 as part of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh Youth Pilgrimage. I absolutely loved the experience and it confirmed my desire to study medicine. I began at the University of Dundee Medical School…

Ex-Officio Members

Dr Angela Campbell


CMIL Representative


Angela is a geriatrician working in Glasgow and travels with their pilgrimage. She is the representative for CMIL on the Council.

Dr Michael Moran


Seirbhis Representative


Michael is a trainee surgeon in ENT. He has been going to Lourdes since he was a teenager and goes with the Connor and Down pilgrimage from Northern Ireland.

Fr Dennis Touw




Fr. Dennis is Pilgrimage Director of the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage and current President of the Pilgrimage Directors Association. He became chaplain to the BLMA in 2019.

Co-Opted Representative

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5th September, 2020

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