You can now sign-up to receive all the latest news and updates from the CBMC

CBMC Bulletin - 5th Edition

March 2024

CBMC 5th Bulletin Final 8.03.24.pdf

CBMC Bulletin - 4th Edition

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2023

CBMC 4th Bulletin (Reviews V2) 4.12.23.pdf

CBMC - Chairman's Interim report, August 2023

CBMC Interim Report 2023.docx

The Tablet: Centenary Mass for HCPT’s Brother Michael Strode 

An article by Ellen Teague  published in The Tablet, 6th June 2023

ICN: Celebrating Brother Michael Strode

An article by John Flood, published by the Independent Catholic Network, 5th June 2023

John Wolff's Book - 'Who Are You Looking For?'

A book on the Life and the Spirituality of Brother Michael. For further information and to purchase a copy, the book now has its own dedicated page here.

CBMC Bulletin - 3rd Edition

Centenary Edition, 5th June, 2023.

CBMC Brother Michael 100th Birthday 3rd Bulletin (Final).pdf

June 2023, Catena Article

An update on the cause, published in the Catenian Association monthly magazine, 'Catena'.

CBMC Bulletin - 2nd Edition

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2022.

CBMC 2nd Bulletin 8.12.22 [Printing version].pdf

Michael Strode - a saint in the making?

An article by Peter Strode  published in The Tablet, 11th August 2022

CBMC - Chairman's Interim report, July 2022

Just over a year has passed since, following earlier discussions, the CBMC was formally constituted.

So it seems a good opportunity to report on developments thus far.

CBMC Interim Report July 2022.pdf

An article from the Archdiocese of Birmingham

February 2022, Catena Article

A feature on the cause, published in the Catenian Association monthly magazine, 'Catena'.

Catena February 2022_52PP_AW_Brother Michael Strode (Final).pdf

From the Catholic Herald

The Catholic Herald has written about the cause here:  

From the Independent Catholic News 

An article from Nov 28th, 2021, in the Independent Catholic News 

CBMC Bulletin - Inaugural 1st Edition

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2021.

Please click the arrow in the top-right corner to see at full size.

CBMC Bulletin 8.12.2021 (3).pdf

A Portrait of Brother Michael

With grateful thanks to artist Colin Bentley, here is the captivating portrait, commissioned by HCPT, of its founder, Brother Michael.

On seeing the picture at the launch Mass, Colin writes, ‘It was quite overwhelming sitting there looking at the portrait that’s hung in my studio for the last few years. I feel deeply proud that I’ve played a small part in this very special occasion. It’s made me realise that the portrait will still be part of that amazing journey way beyond my lifetime. It’s something I feel deeply proud of.’ 

Portrait of Brother Michael Strode Oil on canvas, 40 by 50cm Artist – Colin Bentley © 2021 Colin Bentley

Portrait of Brother Michael Strode Oil on canvas, 

40 by 50cm Artist – Colin Bentley © 2021 Colin Bentley

PRESS RELEASE - 29th November 2021

The founder of a charity that has helped many thousands of children and adults with

disabilities to visit the shrine to Our Lady in Lourdes is the subject of a call for

testimonials that could lead to his being declared a saint.

On Tuesday 7 December, Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh

celebrated a Mass at Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington to mark the start of a

process that it is hoped will lead to the canonisation of Brother Michael Strode, a

Cistercian monk of Caldey Abbey: the launch of a website of the Committee for Brother

Michael’s Cause (CBMC) and the beginning of an appeal for testimonials that could

support the Cause.

Brother Michael died on 27 December 2019, aged 96. He is perhaps best known, to

Catholics in the UK and beyond, as the founder of HCPT, the charity that for more than

65 years has organised pilgrimages to Lourdes for people with disabilities.

Richard King, the Chairman of CBMC, said: “In his devotion to the care of disabled

children and adults, Brother Michael was living out his love of humanity, firmly rooted

in his deep spiritual life. If the Cause succeeds, a modern-day saint would be a

tremendous example of love and service for the Catholic Church in Britain.”

Born in 1923, Michael Strode became a Catholic in 1945. Trained as a doctor, in 1953

he was appointed to Chailey Heritage, a hospital school for disabled children in

Sussex, where he remained until his retirement in 1988.

In 1956 he founded the charity now known as HCPT (Hosanna House and Children’s

Pilgrimage Trust). He insisted that disabled children be accommodated not in austere

hospitals but in small ‘family’ groups in hotels, so they could live their week (a ‘holiday

with Our Lady’) with their helpers - an idea that in the 1970s was extended to disabled

adults. A great number of young helpers have, over the years, learned to give

themselves to others and so actively participate in the Church and the wider

community. This inspired approach has been copied by many other pilgrimages.

In 1991 he joined the island community of Cistercian monks at Caldey. Here he lived

a monastic life of prayer until in 2016 his health declined and he spent his last years at

Nazareth House, Cardiff.

The Abbot of Caldey, Father Daniel van Santvoort said: “As a monk, his existence

became a life sacrificed to God, to his brothers, to all his friends and family in a life of

silence, prayer, service and dedication. This step certainly did not change him, in fact,

it was grace at work in him that brought out his unique humanity for everyone to see –

the beam of laughter and joy in his eyes, his ability to welcome life in a pure, childlike

way, and a great sense of fun that is (almost) inimitable.”

Notes to editors

1. For further details please contact

 This project has been instigated by the Committee for Brother Michael’s

Cause (CBMC), a group of people who have been inspired by his humility, his

Christian witness and his holy life.