With the selfless dedication of volunteers and medical professionals, the sick and disabled can experience a healing journey to Lourdes, France! Without you, they cannot make this holy pilgrimage. Join us for this weekend conference to: Conference Info:
  • Live the Virtue of Charity—Love the Sick in Service to Lourdes
  • Learn how we escort those with special needs in-flight and in France
  • Meet our experienced physicians, nurses and leaders
  • Explore this unique life-changing service and how you can join us

Speakers & Topics


Hotel & Transportation

Why Join Us?



Friday           9:00 am—5:00 pm sessions with dinner and Virtual Pilgrimage
Saturday       9:00 am—5:00 pm sessions with Vigil Mass, dinner and dancing
Sunday         Holy Mass, morning shuttles to airport OR optional full day excursion to Florida Keys.Conference is hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Kendall, FL


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Sunday Excursion to the Florida Keys

3-florida-keys-signAmazing scenic tour along bridges deep into the Gulf of Mexico.  This is a tour intended to impress your senses. This tour travels to Key West for a six hour stop or allows passengers to stop in any Key with return pickup arranged with the driver.

*The cost for the full day (~8am to 8pm) trip is $80
*Payment is made directly to the bus driver
*Sunday overnight required
*Restroom available on bus

To assure that all are accommodated on the bus, when registering state that you will be joining us for the Florida Keys excursion. 

Speakers and Topics – Friday


Living the Virtue of Charity – Loving the Sick in Service to Lourdes

Presented by EWTN Fr. John Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA

Lourdes Volunteers History, Mission & Charism

Marlene Watkins, Founder, and Fran Salaun, Vice President

Medical Bureau, Medical Professionals and Miracles

President du Bureau des Constatations Médicales in Lourdes

Dr. Alessandro De Franciscis

(Teleconference from France)

Accompanying the Sick to Lourdes: A Physician’s Perspective

Linda Satterlee, DO

Pilgrimage Advance Team, Nursing and Nursing Students

Richard Antinone, BA, MSN, RN

Lourdes: Preparation of Pilgrims and Volunteers

Pamela Ryan and Kathleen McGinn

Speakers and Topics – Saturday


Faith and Science

Lali Medina-Kauwe, PhD

Blessed Mother Mary, Why the Holy Trinity Chose Her

Fr. Fernando Orejuela, AIC

Planning for the Sick to Lourdes: Nursing Supportive Care

Melinde Nene, OFS, RN, CCRN, CNRN

Volunteer Service Perspective

Edwin and Charo Rojas

Holiness in Grieving and Bereavement

Majel Braden, Ed.D

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Conference Registration

The conference will be graciously hosted at the parish center of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Miami. Accommodations are available at the nearby Holiday Inn Express.

$199 per person includes:

  • Friday and Saturday conference and materials
  • Friday and Saturday Miami style lunch and dinners
  • airport transfers available Thursday and Sunday
  • Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience with Papal Plenary Indulgence

Hotel stay and optional Sunday Florida Keys excursion are not included with conference registration.


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Register Now — It’s as Easy as 1-2-3-4:

1.  Register below online OR  print, complete form and return by email, fax or mail.

2.  Make Payment by PayPal, credit card, or by phone or mail your check payable to Lourdes Volunteers.

3.  Arrange your travel to Miami and notify us of your travel plans including arrival and departure times.

4.  Make your hotel reservation by calling Holiday Inn Express Miami 33186 at 786-837-2100 or 2-click-here-button.


Office: 107 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208

Email: Kathleen@LourdesVolunteers.org

Fax: 419-730-4540


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Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Miami 33186 is located in Kendall, FL and is an all-suite 100% non-smoking hotel, conveniently located one-quarter mile off the Florida Turnpike and Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street, 30 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA).  With the newly renovated Town & Country Mall across the street and the Dadelands Mall just ten minutes drive.

Hotel amenities include free high-speed internet access, an outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center and free Express Start breakfast buffet.





We are again blessed to be hosted this year by Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
This vibrant parish community has a genuine love of Lourdes and appreciation of North American Lourdes Volunteers. Pastor Msgr. Schwanger and many parishioners join us each year to serve at Lourdes. Their faithful service and hospitality make this conference possible!



 Why Join Us?

“This conference is the opportunity to plan and vision our future as medical professionals bringing the sick and handicapped to Lourdes. It’s a time of renewal for us to define our role as Catholic medical professionals in today’s world.” Linda Satterlee, DO, The Villages, FL

“Pilgrimage to the Grotto brings peace and comfort to all.  Our Lady call’s all God’s children to make pilgrimage. Without a dedicated medical team, the sick and disabled cannot make this journey. Under the loving mantle of Our Lady, this conference brings our team together to learn logistics of travel and stay in Lourdes.” Kathleen McGinn, Special Needs Pilgrimage Manager, Syracuse, NY

“This is the best way for a first-time volunteer to meet others who share love for Our Lady. Listening to others helped strengthen my own spirituality. Attending the meeting prior to pilgrimage was an invaluable opportunity to learn from other volunteers’ experiences.” Melinde Nene, RN, St. Petersburg, FL

“Meeting other volunteers and learning the role of the medical team gave me the best insight into my responsibilities to join the dedicated team caring for the most sick and disabled in need of loving care traveling to Lourdes.” Nancy Pease, Alexandria, VA