The Jubilee Door, the starting point of your pilgrimage to Lourdes in this Year of Mercy, is situated at the St. Michael’s Gate entrance of the Sanctuary.

Jubilee Year of Mercy in Lourdes

On December 8, 2015, the Year of Mercy began when Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Holy Doors in St. Peter’s Basilica. This extraordinary year continues until November 20, 2016, and our Holy Father has placed a special emphasis on pilgrimage during this time. Calling it “one of the most eloquent expressions of our faith,” there are special graces we can receive by going on pilgrimage to a shrine.YoM2

As one of the most visited shrines, the Sanctuary at Lourdes is a Jubilee Center with extra celebrations and extragraces. All pilgrims will receive a Year of Mercy “passport” that will be stamped when you walk through the Jubilee Door of Mercy with your pilgrimage group.

Learn more about the Year of Mercy and how it is being celebrated in Lourdes.

Join us to Lourdes, pass through the Door of Mercy, and gain a Jubilee Indulgence.

Need assistance to make pilgrimage possible? Join a Special Needs Pilgrimage in June or October.  Learn more.

Prefer to volunteer? Join a volunteer pilgrimage to make it possible for the sick and disabled to experience Lourdes:

Can’t join us to Lourdes? Let us bring the Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience to You!

It’s not always possible for us to make the long journey to the Grotto, but we can still have the Lourdes Experience! Through Virtual Pilgrimage, you can experience a full day in Lourdes from the parish pew!

Check our Virtual Pilgrimage schedule to see when we will be in your area: Schedule.

Don’t see any Virtual Pilgrimages near you? Click here to find out about scheduling a Virtual Pilgrimage.


“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life.” – Pope Francis