Canon Anthony Dwyer
Our Lady of Lourdes
1 Kirkwick Avenue
01582 712245

Church Address:
Our Lady of Lourdes RC Church
Rothamsted Avenue

Office Administrator: Mrs Melanie Armitage
Office hours: 9.30am - 12.30pm, Mon to Thu
Safeguarding Representative: Mrs Brigid Brennan

Our Lady of Lourdes is a Fairtrade Parish and a LiveSimply Parish.

“Love one another as I have loved you”
John 15:12

Live Simply

“LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden is a LiveSimply parish.  We were awarded this status in 2019 by CAFOD and the National Justice and Peace Network for demonstrating and promoting how we try to live simply through our daily actions.

Our community has undertaken to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”.

Pope Francis says in Laudato Si: The creation accounts ……suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships: with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself. Laudato Si:66

In accepting the LiveSimply award our parish commits:

In this way we can help create a world in which human dignity is respected and everyone can reach their full potential. This would be true progress, worth more than economic growth alone.  

Why LiveSimply?  

The key goals:

Here in Harpenden, in embracing this initiative, we are committing to putting our faith into action in everyday small ways as well as in a wider context.  In doing so, we hope to:

Ultimately we are helping protect the generous gifts we have been given for future generations of Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners.


These are the four “interest” areas for living simply in the parish:

Consideration of living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor is reflected within our prayers and liturgies and key feast days such as St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment (4th October).

Campaign for living sustainably.  Creating awareness of the beauty of Creation and of campaigns for living simply and protecting the environment locally and nationally.

Undertake practical actions such as collections for the local Foodbank, or Bring n’ share Lunch, Family Fast Day collections, organising speaker events on key LiveSimply issues.  Practical ideas to LiveSimply include:

Justice, Peace and Care for Creation
Campaign for peace in countries across the world.  Initiate or join Campaigns for justice such as Fairtrade or debt relief for low income countries.  Promote the work of the Westminster J&P Commission and the National J& P Network’.  Click here for more information.

Let us act together in putting our faith into action.  To become involved in any of the above, please contact the LiveSimply coordinator:

Here is our LiveSimply Award Letter.