An American Oasis of Hospitality Coming to Lourdes
Thanks to the faith and generosity of our amazing benefactors, we are beginning renovations on Guadalupe House! Named after the Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe, this historic home is located at the place where, in 1858, Bernadette Soubirous ran to tell the name of the beautiful Lady who appeared in the Grotto. When Bernadette told Père Peyramale what the Lady said, “I am the Immaculate Conception,” the Abbé realized it was the Mother of God appearing to Bernadette. Today, pilgrims retrace the footsteps of St. Bernadette and come just outside our kitchen window to reflect on the profound moment Our Lady was revealed.
Recognizing the increased need for an American presence in Lourdes, renovations are underway so that Guadalupe House can provide greatly-needed accommodations, office space and comfortable amenities to our members. Guadalupe House will be an “American Oasis of Hospitality in Lourdes,” increasing our capacity to serve our special needs pilgrims and volunteers. With its guaranteed, year-round availability, Guadalupe House will be the perfect place for our specialized groups to experience respite, retreat and pilgrimage. On its property, Guadalupe House holds a small two-car length garage. This building, aptly named San Juan Deigo, will be converted to a private residence for our priests and chaplains.
We are thrilled to finally begin work on this historic building which will have a major impact on our ability to achieve our mission. We are asking our members to help with passionate prayers and financial support. Thanks be to God!