Volunteer and Medical Professional Conference 2016

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With the selfless dedication of volunteers and medical professionals, the sick and disabled can experience a healing journey to Lourdes!

Join us for this weekend conference to:

  • Discover God’s Mercy Serving the Sick and Disabled at 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


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.  Shuttle service will be provided between the airport, hotel and conference.

$199 per person includes:

  • Friday and Saturday conference and materials
  • Airport hospitality transfers Friday and Sunday
  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday lunch and dinner
  • Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage experience with Papal plenary indulgence

Not included: hotel stay (breakfast available daily)
Optional: excursion to the Everglades National Park available Sunday

Register online, or download and print a registration form.  


hotelAccommodations: Holiday Inn Express

13475 SW 131 Street, Miami, Florida 33186 786-837-2100

Please call the Holiday Inn Express by February 18 to make your reservation. Mention Lourdes Volunteers for the conference discounted rate of $159 + tax. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & 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 at Kendall Drive/SW 88th Street, 30 minutes from Miami International Airport (MIA) and three miles from Kendall-Tamiami Airport. With the newly renovated Palms at Town & Country Mall across the street and Dadeland Mall just ten minutes to our east, plus numerous restaurants within walking distance. Breakfast available daily.

Conference Speakers and Topics


Father John-Paul Mary Zeller, MFVA, (Alabama) is a priest of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word providing for the spiritual and sacramental needs of EWTN and the nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery both founded by Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA.  Fr. John-Paul Mary is the Director of the EWTN Pilgrimage Department and Assistant Chaplain to the employees of EWTN.  Father prays televised daily Mass, preaches on EWTN and is a regular on the “At Home with Jim and Joy Show”.  Father John-Paul Mary joined Lourdes Volunteers as a chaplain in October 2014, and was witness to the life-changing experiences where “conversion is at the heart of the Lourdes message.”

Marlene Watkins, OSF, (New York) is President of Lourdes Volunteers, the first Lourdes Hospitality of the Americas, which accompanies the seriously ill and profoundly handicapped to the Sanctuary in Lourdes providing medical supportive care, volunteers, university students and youth. This service has brought her to Lourdes more than one hundred times. She has guided Virtual Pilgrimages in parishes, cathedrals, schools, convents, maximum security prisons, universities and conventions across America-the-beautiful, in Africa, Europe and Asia and most recently in Communist China. Marlene has appeared on CBS, PBS and frequently on EWTN shows as well as speaking on Catholic national and local radio broadcasts, as well as books and print media.

Linda Satterlee, DO, (Michigan) Board Certified Family Physician with 35 years’ experience in formation and management of solo and group family practices in Michigan and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at MSU. Linda has directed 11 pilgrimages with Lourdes Volunteers to France supporting infusion therapy, oxygen and kidney dialysis dependent pilgrims.  She is a past speaker at our conference and is our physician specialist for managing medications across time zones.

JoAnn Ramos-Alarilla, CRNA, DNP, (Texas) Associate Professor at US Army Medical Department Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing. Throughout her military career she served in medical patient transport and out-of- country medical missions. In 2013, Joann joined us on our Supportive Care Nursing Team, and in 2014 and 2015 as Pilgrimage Head Nurse. She provides a critical nursing perspective on the international transport and care of the sick.

Pamela Ryan, (New York) A language educator with 32 years experience who brings Spanish-speaking and American Sign Language skills to our Leadership team. She has travelled to Lourdes as Pilgrimage Director over seventy five times. Pam has made a life-time commitment to the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes and Marian Consecration. In Lourdes, Pam directs the Advance Team volunteers providing orientation and training to support the pilgrimage medical and leadership teams.

Flint Sibayan, BA, Six Sigma Blackbelt (Maryland) Army veteran, Navy logistician and a Global War on Terrorism Medal recipient currently with the Defense Information Systems Agency. Flint joined Lourdes Volunteers in 2009 to assist wounded and disabled veterans to Lourdes. He serves as Chief Brancardier during our Special Needs Pilgrimages managing logistics and safety.

Practitioners Panel Discussions:

  • A Volunteer Service Day in Lourdes. Provides a practical look at a day in Lourdes from nursing, physician, volunteer and spiritual perspectives.
  • Pilgrimage Experiences and Insights.  A panel of seven experienced leaders and medical volunteers will discuss the spiritual cures and miracles they have witnessed during their service.

Interested in further details about the conference? Check out the Conference Schedule.

Ready to register? Online Registration is available, or you can complete and then fax, email, or mail our downloadable (pdf) registration form.

Don’t forget to pay your $199 registration fee. You may mail a check to the office, or you may use your credit card to pay online via PayPal:

OLL Grotto MiamiSpecial Thanks to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Miami

We are 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, Michigan

“Come to the 2016 North American Lourdes Volunteers Medical Meeting and answer Our Lady of Lourdes’ invitation to joyfully fulfill your duty by bringing our special needs pilgrims to Lourdes.” JoAnn Ramos-Alarilla, CRNA, DP, Texas

“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, Florida

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