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The Archdiocese of Miami Goes to Lourdes

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Each year 6 million people make the pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Lourdes. They come seeking healing for themselves and they come to offer aid to others in need of healing. For many, this pilgrimage would be impossible without that assistance.

In Europe this pilgrimage is made possible through dedicated HospitalitÚs which organize and serve in annual pilgrimages for each of the dioceses of Europe. While serving at the Sanctuary of Lourdes we have been blessed to experience the great joy and power of these pilgrimages. Some, like the Archdiocese Madrid, come thousands strong.

We would like to invite all the Archdiocese of Miami to come together for our own Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. The HospitalitÚ de Miami has joined the HospitalitÚ Notre Dame de Lourdes and is dedicated to helping the sick and suffering of Miami go each year to the Sanctuary of Lourdes for healing and to gathering us together for an annual pilgrimage as one Archdiocesan family.

You can join us in traveling roundtrip from Miami or meet up with the pilgrimage in Lourdes. We will have hotel accommodations available and will help those with special needs and those doing HospitalitÚ service find specialized accommodations if they would prefer. We have a beautiful pilgrimage planned for our time together in Lourdes. We will walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette, visit the Grotto of Lourdes, wash in the healing waters, and make the Eucharistic and Candlelight Rosary processions.

Please review the details and reserve as soon as possible. Off to Lourdes!

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. St. Bernadette, pray for us.

Msgr. Schwanger

Pilgrims & Volunteers

This pilgrimage is for everyone seeking healing; of body, mind, or spirit. It is for those who would like to serve our sick and suffering brothers and sisters at the Sanctuary, including those who would like to serve with the HospitalitÚ Notre Dame de Lourdes. It is for the youth. It is for those who want to come on a pilgrimage of prayer to Lourdes.

Special Needs Pilgrimage

An invitation for the sick, handicapped, elderly or pilgrims with special needs and their families, to visit Lourdes.

Volunteer Services

Being a volunteer at Lourdes is both a profound blessing and extraordinary privilege.

Serving Special Needs Pilgrims

Lay and medical volunteers support our special needs pilgrims throughout their pilgrimage.

Serving the Sanctuary

Lay volunteers serve with the HospitalitÚ Notre Dame de Lourdes in the baths, at the train station, in the Sanctuary and supporting sick or disabled pilgrimages at either of two specialized Accueil hospital like facilities in Lourdes. Volunteers can help in one of the services below:

  • Welcome the pilgrims and guide them throughout their stay.

    • Welcome visitors upon arrival (train station, airport, buses, etc.)
    • Facilitate ceremony participation through:
      • Prayer assistance
      • Transfer coordination
      • Provision of logistical solution
    • Help convey the Lourdes message and signs
    • Offer appropriate assistance if required to the sanctuary master of ceremonies
  • The John the Baptist service welcomes and guides pilgrims in the piscines (baths).

    Such service requires:

    • Constant humility
    • Moral strength
    • Controlled sensitivity
    • Unwavering love for oneĺs neighbor
  • Ensure the well-being of the other volunteers, pilgrims and the sick by carrying out complementary tasks including:

    • Preparing to host the sick
    • Arranging dining rooms to host the sick
    • Providing pleasant living conditions
    • Arranging floral decorations, etc...

Youth & Young Adults

An invitation to Youth & Young Adults to visit Lourdes. Those who are older than 18 are also invited to serve with the HospitalitÚ Notre Dame de Lourdes.

Prices

Air & Land Package

$2500 per person
(plus mandatory insurance)

  • R/T airfare from Miami to Pau, France on Air France (including transfers)
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation and taxes
  • Departure taxes and airport security fees
  • Gratuity for drivers, stewards, etc.
  • All Sanctuary fees and donations
  • Double occupancy (unless otherwise requested for additional fee)
  • Pilgrimage materials including backpack and other supplies

Land Only Package

$900 per person
(plus mandatory insurance)

  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Accommodation and taxes
  • Gratuity for stewards, etc.
  • All Sanctuary fees and donations
  • Double occupancy (unless otherwise requested for an additional fee)
  • Pilgrimage materials including backpack and other supplies

Reservation

Click here to download Registration Form

Please fill out the form in your computer before you print it. Once you finish, please submit it to:

Cristina Fernandez at cristina@ololourdes.org or send it to the parish office using the address below.