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The Archdiocese of Miami Goes to Lourdes



  • Dear friends,

    Since it opened on 9 June, the HNDL has resumed all its activities:

    Welcoming pilgrims for all the celebrations at the Grotto and inside the Rosary Basilica;

    Assisting with prayer at the Grotto;

    Welcoming pilgrims at the water taps;

    Formation for stagiaires;

    Preparation for and engagement this week of three stagiaires from the St. Frai Service (a very lovely celebration in the Accueil St. Frai chapel). Please see the attached photo.

    In addition, since Thursday we have with us a delegation from the diocese of Lille accompanying their Archbishop, Mgr. Ulrich. They are few in number but everything is being filmed and broadcast live to all the pilgrims and hospitaliers back home in the North of France.

    In short, the Sanctuary is coming back to life. Every day it welcomes about 2000 pilgrims (4000 a day on Saturdays and Sundays).

    Please pass this information on, in order to convince some of our Hospitaliers who are hesitating, thinking wrongly that there is no use in coming to Lourdes at the present time.

    Finally, I attach the list of hospitaliers and their loved ones who have passed away and whose names were remembered at the Mass celebrated at the Grotto last Thursday by our Chaplain General, Père Horatio Brito.

    With all my friendship,

    Daniel Pezet

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 Hospitalités 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 Hospitalité de Miami has joined the Hospitalité 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 Hospitalité 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

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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 Hospitalité 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 Hospitalité 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 one’s 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 Hospitalité Notre Dame de Lourdes.

Prices

Air & Land Package

$2,500.00 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

$900.00 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

2020

Pilgrimage Dates

September 11th to
September 21st

Make Your reservation and $200 deposit before May 13, 2020

2021

Pilgrimage Dates

June 25th to July 6th
September 24th
to October 5th

4th Annual Archdiocese of Miami Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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To make your reservation, please download the Registration Form above and send it to pilgrimage@hdmiami.org

Saint Bernadette

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