Pilgrimages to Lourdes

That Special Place

In the year of 1858, when our Blessed Mother visited Lourdes in France, she came to bring her Son to Bernadette, who had a burning desire to receive her First Holy Communion.

During those visits, Mary asks Bernadette to build a church in “that place” and tell the world to come, wash and drink of the healing water, come in procession to her Son, as a journey to find healing of body, mind, and spirit.

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Lourdes around the world

Not only the world has come to Lourdes, by large numbers, as the Blessed Mother requested – but also Lourdes has gone to other parts of the world, fulfilling Her desire to bring Christ to the lives of people of all nationalities.

Parishes all over the world that cary the names of "Our Lady of Lourdes" or "Saint Bernadette" are testaments of the success of Mary’s mission!

All churches who carry in their names “Our Lady of Lourdes” or even St. Bernadette share the same source of inspiration. While the grotto and the water in Lourdes may be tangible components of our Faith, they are also symbols of the Grace from God, experienced by those who somehow are connected to the eighteen apparitions of our Blessed Mother to Bernadette.

missionMary’s Mission

Simply put, our mission is Mary’s mission!

After six years of assisting Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger, the Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Miami and the Chairman of the Hospitalite de Miami, coordinating annual pilgrimages to Lourdes, not only from his parish but also from other parishes of the Archdiocese of Miami , and after watching the positive impact these pilgrims have brought back to their communities, we realized the need to expand the Grace from Lourdes to other parishes throughout the United States.

The missionMary goals are:

  • share the experience of Group Travel Arrangements, providing a smooth voyage to Lourdes
  • share the connections with the Bureau of the Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes providing access to the services and opportunities
  • build a National Famille Notre Dame de Lourdes community, for different parishes to share prayers, processions, and pilgrimages
  • share marketing resources where team leaders can plan and organize pilgrimages to Lourdes

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