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Learn more about when and how we make Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Bernadette said she felt a mysterious pull to go to the Grotto.  If you are feeling an “inexplicable pull” to go to Lourdes, surely Our Lady has placed this most beautiful desire in your heart.  By making pilgrimage with Our Lady of Lourdes North American Volunteers, you are opening yourself up to grow in holiness and be transformed by the loving example of St. Bernadette in simplicity, humility and obedience.

2021 Pilgrimage Schedule

Between April and October each year, we bring groups of all ages to experience Our Lady’s love in Lourdes. Explore our schedule for a complete list of dates and prices to find the pilgrimage that is right for you.

 Special Needs Pilgrimage

In June and October each year, we bring the sick to Lourdes, accompanied by teams of medical, adult and youth volunteers. They make pilgrimage as one family, lovingly attending to one another’s needs.

 Hospitalité Pilgrimage

Multiple times each year, we bring volunteers to Lourdes to serve the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes, the Association of volunteers worldwide that sustains the Sanctuary in Lourdes.

Complete an Application

Print, complete and return your application packet to our office. Completed applications can be sent to us the following ways:

Scan and email to

Mail to Lourdes Volunteers, 107 Michaels Ave, Syracuse, NY 13208

Fax to (315) 362-1404

We are here to make this process as accessible as possible! Please contact our team with any questions or concerns.

Give us a call at (315) 476-0026 or send an email to

Next Steps


Following receipt and review of your application, you will be contacted by a member of our team by phone or email to discuss pilgrimage opportunities and to determine appropriate placement.




Once you have been placed on a specific pilgrimage, our office will direct the registration process including the details of your pilgrimage: pilgrimage and flight itineraries, payment schedule and other requirements.

To complete your reservation with the pilgrimage group, you must complete and submit appropriate forms with $1,000 non-refundable deposit, and purchase travel/medical insurance.



Travel/medical insurance is mandatory for all group members. Please be advised each traveler is responsible for purchasing their own policy. The cost is not included in the pilgrimage price. 

We highly recommend you purchase a Travel Guard Preferred policy after your registration is confirmed by our office and within 15 days of initial deposit to ensure pre-existing condition medical coverage. Individual premiums are based on age and tour cost. Coverages vary by state. A description of coverage for the Preferred policy can be found here. Extra coverage (bundles) can be added to individual policies if desired.

New York Residents: The Protect Assist product is the equivalent level of coverage to the Preferred for New York residents, but it is not the same plan and does not carry the same benefits. 

Final Payment

Final Payment is due no later than 90 days prior to your scheduled departure.