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Le Père Michel Daubanes - Nouveau Recteur du Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Le Père Michel Daubanes, vicaire général du diocèse d'Evreux, a été nommé recteur du Sanctuaire de Lourdes le 3 mai 2022 par le Conseil permanent de la Conférence des évêques de France, sur proposition de Mgr Jean-Marc Micas, évêque nommé du diocèse de Tarbes et Lourdes.

« Que Marie, Notre Dame de Lourdes, nous permette de bien préparer l’accueil de notre nouveau Recteur, nous aide à garder nos cœurs en paix, nous soutienne tous dans notre mission au service de ceux qui nous sont confiés à Lourdes. » (Mgr J.M. Micas)

Le père Michel Daubanes prendra ses fonctions à Lourdes le 1er septembre 2022 pour un mandat de 5 ans renouvelable une fois.

Communiqué de presse de la Conférence des évêques de France

Message of Msgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

To pilgrimage directors
To Hospitality Presidents
Lourdes, 3rd May 2022

Dear friends,

We are all immensely delighted with the appointment of Mgr. Jean-Marc Micas as Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes. His ordination, on 29th May at the Basilica of St Pius X, will be a great event for the diocese and the Sanctuary. The next day, Mgr. Micas will take possession of his seat in the cathedral of Tarbes and the mission of Mgr. Antoine Hérouard as apostolic delegate ad nutum Sanctae Sedis will then end. We owe a lot to Mgr. Hérouard. His patient listening, his welcome for everyone, his desire to move forward have been very important for the Sanctuary. He was totally committed to his role without thinking about his own reserves of strength ... and we are all well aware of the distance between Lille and Lourdes. He is now Archbishop of Dijon; I am very happy for him and for his diocese. We will give thanks with him for his ministry at the Sanctuary with a mass at the Grotto on Thursday 19th May at 11 a.m.

Today, Mgr. Hérouard sent the “chapelains” and members of the working community of the Sanctuary a letter in which he announced my departure from Lourdes on 31st July. I am coming to the end of my 3-year mandate, and a new archbishop has been appointed in Paris. It seemed preferable that I return to my original diocese. Very soon, Mgr. Micas will announce the name of my successor at the Sanctuary.

I leave, as you can imagine, with great sadness. During the years that I have been rector, there has been no shortage of crises but I believe that the Sanctuary has met these head on thanks to the combined efforts of everyone. The return of pilgrimages this season announces a promising future for Lourdes in the years to come. The trips that I have been able to make lately to the United States, where the relics of Saint Bernadette are currently making a very successful pilgrimage, but also to India clearly show the real passion of pilgrims from all over the world for the Sanctuary of the Immaculate. Lourdes has very good days ahead of it. Never has the Sanctuary been so much a sign of light and peace in a world of crises. The visible, central presence of and the infinite respect shown to the most vulnerable are a powerful sign for the world. The prayer that rises at any given moment from the Grotto of Massabielle is a source of hope. Mary keeps saying to everyone, “Will you do me the honour of coming here?”

For a priest, being Rector of the Sanctuary is an extraordinary ministry. I have tried to assume it to the best of my abilities, with all my qualities and my faults. But I have only been able to do this thanks to the wonderful community of “chapelains” who are passionate about their mission, and the total commitment of employees and volunteers. I have to mention the irreplaceable role of the Hospitalities, which are the heart of the Sanctuary through their dedication to the service of all.

When I arrived at the Sanctuary, I was very much aware that I was not the first rector and that a long history preceded me. This story will continue. Everyone will write it together. For the glory of God. For the good of the sick and the most vulnerable. For the pilgrims who are magnificent witnesses of the simple trust in Mary, the Immaculate Virgin.

I will of course have the chance to see some of you in the coming weeks, which is a source of great joy for me. For those I will not see again, please accept my gratitude and my prayers.

Thank you all. Best regards.

Mgr Olivier Ribadeau Dumas
Rector of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of lourdes

Monday, May 2, 2022

Watch Alessandro de Franciscis, M.D., residing physician of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, explain the scientific and the not so scientific wonders of Lourdes as you tour the grotto in Massabielle, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Chapel of Our Lady of Victory.

After Bernadette's 18 encounters with the Blessed Virgin beginning on February 11, 1858, there were 20 cures by July 16, 1858, 40 cures by the end of the summer, and more than 100 cures by the end of the year that doctors could not explain.

Mass of Departure for the Relics of St. Bernadette

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monsignor Schwanger celebrated the Mass of Departure of St. Bernadette on Easter Monday morning. "All that happens through Lourdes happens because we are drawn into the heart of Christ. . . Christ lives in us, and there is healing and life to be found in Christ. He fills us with joy in His presence."

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Gesture of Water / Departure from Miami

Monday, April 18, 2022

The Gesture of the Water was available for visitors to receive, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, during Holy Week. Many came from all over Florida and from other states. Four stations were originally set, but because of the volume of people that came, it was expanded to eight stations.

During the Gesture of the Water, the participant first says a prayer, offering their intentions for healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Next the water is poured into their hands for washing. Then, the water is received for the face and other parts of the body that need healing. Finally, the water is poured to sip.

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Monsignor Schwanger thanking all who volunteered to administer the Gesture of the Water.

The Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski, and the Rosary Candlelight Procession to the Grotto occurred on Monday of Holy Week.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Miami, was packed in the main church and chapel, with standing room only. Mass was simultaneously broadcasted in the Parish Hall as well as in the outside altar. The procession following mass moved from the main church to the adjacent track of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Many came to experience St. Bernadette and the healing powers - mind, body and spirit - of the waters of Lourdes.

Photos by Ana Rodríguez-Soto, Florida Catholic

St. Bernadette arrived in the United States

Thursday, April 7, 2022

St. Bernadette arrived in the United States on April 7, 2022, but she did not make it to the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

Delayed in Customs, the water of Lourdes arrived before she did.

Msgr. Schwanger explained in his homily, "St. Bernadette could have cooked this up. She wanted the focus to be on Our Lady because her message is not about her, but about her faith that she wants to share with us. Our Lady told St. Bernadette that the people should come in procession, drink, and wash of the water. Bernadette took her relationship with Mary very seriously and we are here, enveloped by the embrace of Bernadette, in cooperation with the Virgin. As we do the Gesture of the Water, pray for healing of the mind, body, and spirit."

After Mass, a steady stream of people went to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall to receive the Gesture of the Water.

St. Bernadette arrived at 3:00 p.m. and was transported onto the main altar of the Church in the beautiful reliquary.

Mass was celebrated by Father James Arriola at 7:00 p.m., with the Gesture of the Water following Mass.