2019 Pilgrimage Schedule

In 1858, the Mother of God appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times, requesting that she pray, to uncover a spring of water, to build a chapel and to come in procession. Since then, thousands of scientifically documented cures and countless healings and conversions have occurred. Six million pilgrims from all over the world now visit the Grotto each year.

The purpose of pilgrimage is to grow in faith while on a spiritual journey to a holy place. The experience of pilgrimage reminds us we are in exile in this life, created to be with God for eternity. Pilgrimage allows for time from the demands of our everyday life to seek God, meeting Him in each person and embracing opportunities to grow in holiness.

April 13 – 20

This is our “St. Francis” pilgrimage, and it is open to Franciscan University students studying abroad in Gaming, Austria.

Volunteer Service with Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Hospitalité is the association, founded in 1885, of volunteers worldwide who come to offer volunteer service to the pilgrims of Our Lady of Lourdes through the Sanctuary. This international team of 8,000 lay volunteers offers assistance in baths, at the train station and in the Sanctuary, and they support sick or disabled pilgrims at hospital-like facilities in Lourdes each year.

Volunteers must be capable and in good health, between the ages of 18-75 and willing to offer six consecutive days of service. Two half days of Formation and hands-on training are provided by Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Volunteer assignments are subject to volunteer suitability and the needs of Hospitalité.

Forms and Requirements

All students and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Offer 6 consecutive days of service
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Hospitalité Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

May 24 – June 03

This is our “St. Vincent” pilgrimage, and it is open to university students and faculty.

Volunteer Service with Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Hospitalité is the association, founded in 1885, of volunteers worldwide who come to offer volunteer service to the pilgrims of Our Lady of Lourdes through the Sanctuary. This international team of 8,000 lay volunteers offers assistance in baths, at the train station and in the Sanctuary, and they support sick or disabled pilgrims at hospital-like facilities in Lourdes each year.

Volunteers must be capable and in good health, between the ages of 18-75 and willing to offer six consecutive days of service. Two half days of Formation and hands-on training are provided by Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Volunteer assignments are subject to volunteer suitability and the needs of Hospitalité.

Forms and Requirements

All students and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Offer 6 consecutive days of service
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Hospitalité Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

June 14 – 25

This is our “St. Damien” pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage Service on the Advance Team

Dedicated Advance Team volunteers provide prayerful support, service & assistance to all aspects of our Special Needs Pilgrimage. The “A Team” arrives two days before the pilgrimage and extends their stay for inventory, material storage and to clean/disinfect the hospital-like facility utilized by the pilgrimage. North American Volunteers coordinates this A Team of volunteers with formation, orientation and training in service and support to our St. Marianne Special Needs Pilgrims. Our pilgrims could not visit Lourdes without the support of the A Team! Advance Team responsibilities during pilgrimage include: Transportation Service (wheelchair/voiture assistance), Dining Room Service (set up, serve and clean up), Hospitality Service (provide coffee, tea, Lourdes water for consumption, supplemental dietary items, and assistance to pilgrims), Housekeeping Service (cleaning rooms of pilgrims including making beds, sweeping, taking out trash and cleaning bathrooms). Schedule varies depending on assignment.

Available daily throughout pilgrimage

  • Mass with pilgrimage family
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Blessing
  • Candlelight Rosary Procession

Forms and Requirements

All volunteers and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code
  • Of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Pilgrimage Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

June 14 – 25

This is our “St. Juan Diego” pilgrimage.

Youth and Young Adult Pilgrimage

Youth volunteers (14-17 yrs.) accompanied by young adult (18-24 yrs.) volunteers and parent chaperones offer junior service to our Advance Team. Together, the Advance Team and Youth/Young Adult Pilgrimage volunteers support our St. Marianne Special Needs Pilgrimage. Service duties include dining room, housekeeping, hospitality, transportation assistance for all outings to Masses, processions, tours and visits, as well as the final clean out.

Our Youth Catechesis program is coordinated to the volunteer service pilgrimage opportunities and schedules. Youth Chaplain and Catechist provide daily Catechesis, developing the Message of Lourdes. We maintain a ratio of 4:1 youth to adult chaperone during training service and all pilgrimage activities. Youth and young adult volunteers, as well as chaperones, are expected to fully participate daily in Catechesis, prayer, pilgrimage transportation and service as assigned. Youth and young adult volunteer service in Lourdes is truly life changing! God is good, all the time!

Available daily throughout pilgrimage

  • Mass with pilgrimage family
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Blessing
  • Candlelight Rosary Procession

Forms and Requirements

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form (18 and older)
  • Signed Youth Protection Policy (18 and older)
  • Signed Youth Code of Conduct (youth only)
  • Copy of Notarized Parent Consent Form (youth only)

June 16 – 23

This is our “St. Marianne” pilgrimage.

Special Needs Pilgrimage

A special needs pilgrimage is a one-week fully handicapped-accessible experience of Lourdes. Every detail is lovingly considered to make for a happy and holy journey to Lourdes. While lay volunteers provide for all the personal and practical care of special needs pilgrims, a volunteer medical team provides medical supportive care for each pilgrim with special needs, including:

  • mobility needs
  • oxygen
  • kidney dialysis
  • infusion therapy
  • and more

Specialized Accommodations

The Accueil Notre-Dame is a Sanctuary’s facility overlooking the Grotto and is a fully handicapped accessible facility unique to Lourdes offering medical equipment from hospital beds to Hoyer lifts to accommodate any physical need. Accueil shared accommodations for pilgrims, families, caregivers, companions and medical professionals are situated on the same floor. All meals are served on our floor in the Accueil dining room.

Available daily throughout pilgrimage

  • Mass with pilgrimage family
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Blessing
  • Candlelight Rosary Procession

Join our pilgrimage family

  • as a pilgrim
  • as a companion
  • as a caregiver
  • as a medical volunteer

Forms and Requirements

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • Connecting Travel Form or flight itinerary
  • Medical License if applicable
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Safe Environment Verification Form (Volunteers Only)
  • Letter of recommendation from priest (Volunteers)
  • Code of Conduct & Dress Code agreement (Volunteers)

Other Special Needs Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

July 12 – 22 – 26

This is our “St. Charles Garnier” pilgrimage and includes Paris stopover.

Volunteer Service with Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Hospitalité is the association, founded in 1885, of volunteers worldwide who come to offer volunteer service to the pilgrims of Our Lady of Lourdes through the Sanctuary. This international team of 8,000 lay volunteers offers assistance in baths, at the train station and in the Sanctuary, and they support sick or disabled pilgrims at hospital-like facilities in Lourdes each year.

Volunteers must be capable and in good health, between the ages of 18-75 and willing to offer six consecutive days of service. Two half days of Formation and hands-on training are provided by Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Volunteer assignments are subject to volunteer suitability and the needs of Hospitalité.

Forms and Requirements

All students and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Offer 6 consecutive days of service
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Hospitalité Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

August 30 – September 9

This is our “St. Antoine Daniel” pilgrimage.

Volunteer Service with Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Hospitalité is the association, founded in 1885, of volunteers worldwide who come to offer volunteer service to the pilgrims of Our Lady of Lourdes through the Sanctuary. This international team of 8,000 lay volunteers offers assistance in baths, at the train station and in the Sanctuary, and they support sick or disabled pilgrims at hospital-like facilities in Lourdes each year.

Volunteers must be capable and in good health, between the ages of 18-75 and willing to offer six consecutive days of service. Two half days of Formation and hands-on training are provided by Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Volunteer assignments are subject to volunteer suitability and the needs of Hospitalité.

Forms and Requirements

All students and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Offer 6 consecutive days of service
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Hospitalité Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

October 11 – 21

This is our “St. Noel” pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage Service on the Advance Team

Dedicated Advance Team volunteers provide prayerful support, service & assistance to all aspects of our Special Needs Pilgrimage. The “A Team” arrives two days before the pilgrimage and extends their stay for inventory, material storage and to clean/disinfect the hospital-like facility utilized by the pilgrimage. North American Volunteers coordinates this A Team of volunteers with formation, orientation and training in service and support to our St. Marianne Special Needs Pilgrims. Our pilgrims could not visit Lourdes without the support of the A Team!

Advance Team responsibilities during pilgrimage include: Transportation Service (wheelchair/voiture assistance), Dining Room Service (set up, serve and clean up), Hospitality Service (provide coffee, tea, Lourdes water for consumption, supplemental dietary items, and assistance to pilgrims), Housekeeping Service (cleaning rooms of pilgrims including making beds, sweeping, taking out trash and cleaning bathrooms). Schedule varies depending on assignment.

Available daily throughout pilgrimage

  • Mass with pilgrimage family
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Blessing
  • Candlelight Rosary Procession

Forms and Requirements

All volunteers and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code
  • Of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Pilgrimage Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

October 11 – 21

This is part of our “St. Noel” pilgrimage, open only returning Stagiaires.

Volunteer Service with Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Hospitalité is the association, founded in 1885, of volunteers worldwide who come to offer volunteer service to the pilgrims of Our Lady of Lourdes through the Sanctuary. This international team of 8,000 lay volunteers offers assistance in baths, at the train station and in the Sanctuary, and they support sick or disabled pilgrims at hospital-like facilities in Lourdes each year.

Volunteers must be capable and in good health, between the ages of 18-75 and willing to offer six consecutive days of service. Two half days of Formation and hands-on training are provided by Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes. Volunteer assignments are subject to volunteer suitability and the needs of Hospitalité.

Forms and Requirements

All students and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Offer 6 consecutive days of service
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Hospitalité Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

October 12 – 19

This is our “St. Clare” pilgrimage, and it is a service pilgrimage for Franciscan University students studying abroad in Gaming, Austria.

Pilgrimage Service on the Advance Team

Dedicated Advance Team volunteers provide prayerful support, service & assistance to all aspects of our Special Needs Pilgrimage. The “A Team” arrives two days before the pilgrimage and extends their stay for inventory, material storage and to clean/disinfect the hospital-like facility utilized by the pilgrimage. North American Volunteers coordinates this A Team of volunteers with formation, orientation and training in service and support to our St. Marianne Special Needs Pilgrims. Our pilgrims could not visit Lourdes without the support of the A Team!

Advance Team responsibilities during pilgrimage include: Transportation Service (wheelchair/voiture assistance), Dining Room Service (set up, serve and clean up), Hospitality Service (provide coffee, tea, Lourdes water for consumption, supplemental dietary items, and assistance to pilgrims), Housekeeping Service (cleaning rooms of pilgrims including making beds, sweeping, taking out trash and cleaning bathrooms). Schedule varies depending on assignment.

Available daily throughout pilgrimage

  • Mass with pilgrimage family
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Blessing
  • Candlelight Rosary Procession

Forms and Requirements

All volunteers and pilgrimage leaders must provide:

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Connecting Travel Form
  • Safe Environment Verification Form
  • Letter of recommendation from priest
  • All volunteers are required to follow our Code
  • Of Conduct & Dress Code

Other Pilgrimage Service Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers

October 13 – 19

Our final of the season, this is our “St. Bernadette” pilgrimage.

Special Needs Pilgrimage

A special needs pilgrimage is a one-week fully handicapped-accessible experience of Lourdes. Every detail is lovingly considered to make for a happy and holy journey to Lourdes. While lay volunteers provide for all the personal and practical care of special needs pilgrims, a volunteer medical team provides medical supportive care for each pilgrim with special needs, including:

  • mobility needs
  • oxygen
  • kidney dialysis
  • infusion therapy
  • and more

Specialized Accommodations

The Accueil Notre-Dame is a Sanctuary’s facility overlooking the Grotto and is a fully handicapped accessible facility unique to Lourdes offering medical equipment from hospital beds to Hoyer lifts to accommodate any physical need. Accueil shared accommodations for pilgrims, families, caregivers, companions and medical professionals are situated on the same floor. All meals are served on our floor in the Accueil dining room.

Available daily throughout pilgrimage

  • Mass with pilgrimage family
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Eucharistic Blessing
  • Candlelight Rosary Procession

Join our pilgrimage family

  • as a pilgrim
  • as a companion
  • as a caregiver
  • as a medical volunteer

Forms and Requirements

  • Application and Health Form
  • Registration Form
  • Copy of Valid US Passport
  • Connecting Travel Form or flight itinerary
  • Medical License if applicable
  • 2 Passport size and quality photos
  • Safe Environment Verification Form (Volunteers Only)
  • Letter of recommendation from priest (Volunteers)
  • Code of Conduct & Dress Code agreement (Volunteers)

Other Special Needs Pilgrimages with North American Volunteers