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Meet Our New Website For the past several weeks we have been working hard to update our website, giving our homepage a new look and developing new ways to convey information on all that we do. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to find information on...

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Read the Latest Lourdes Letter!

The latest edition of our newsletter, Lourdes Letter, is now available!  Take a look to keep up with the work we've been doing and the blessings that abound as we continue, with your help, to live our mission to extend the invitation of the Immaculate Conception as...

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Register Now for 2016 Conference

The 2016 Volunteer and Medical Professional Conference will be held March 4-6 in Miami, Florida!  Together, we'll explore the unique ways in which we discover God's mercy in caring for the sick and disabled in Lourdes, learning invaluable insights from experienced...

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Unite in Prayer for Healing

On Monday, November 16, all those present in Lourdes - pilgrims, volunteers, chaplains and the Sanctuary staff - united in the Grotto in a moment of silent prayer for peace. We ask today for you to join us and our friends in Lourdes by continuing to pray for peace and...

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Love Without Measure

On Monday, November 16, all those present in Lourdes - pilgrims, volunteers, chaplains and the Sanctuary staff - united in the Grotto in a moment of silent prayer for peace. We ask today for you to join us and our friends in Lourdes by continuing to pray for peace and...

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Feast of the Annunciation and the 16th Apparition at Lourdes

Accurate measurement can be the final difference between profit and loss to small businesses. For the Soubirous family in 19th century, drought-stricken southern France, weights and measures must have been a defining factor in the loss of their small mill. Measurement...

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Ash Wednesday, Lent & Third Apparition

I am the Immaculate Conception   Today, we honor the Feast of the Annunciation and anniversary of the apparition when Our Lady revealed her identity to Bernadette in the Grotto at Lourdes saying: "I am the Immaculate Conception." The March 25th Feast of the...

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Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes

A Heavenly Request and Promise On Thursday, February 18, 1858, the day after Ash Wednesday, Our Lady spoke to Bernadette for the first time. She requested to meet for fifteen days and made a promise of happiness--not of this world, but of the other world. With the...

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In the Footsteps of Bernadette

 Joyous Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes &the World Day of the Sick ~ February 11, 2015 We invite you to pray with us to Our Lady of Lourdes on her Feast Day! Ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted,...

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International Mass

US Military, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dallas Archdioceses, Albany  and Santa Rosa Diocese. Today, we “walked” in Bernadette’s’ shoes.  We visited the mill where she was born.  We learned about her family being very, very poor—not like middle class—poor and being...

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Happy Birthday St. Bernadette

“What an awesome day!”   We started with the International Mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X Underground Basilica.  It was built in 1958 at the  100th anniversary at Lourdes and is shaped like Noah’s Ark.  It’s cool that 25,000 people can fit in this Church. Many of...

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Capitol Gain

On January 7, 1844, in the little town of Lourdes, the first child of Francois and Louise Soubirous was born. She was named in honor of her aunt and was affectionately called Bernadette. In 1858, the Mother of God appeared to little Bernadette 18 times in the Grotto...

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Follow That Star!

 Joyous Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes &the World Day of the Sick ~ February 11, 2015 We invite you to pray with us to Our Lady of Lourdes on her Feast Day! Ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted,...

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Guadalupe Joy

Three men without a GPS don’t ask for directions to find an unknown manger... Is this a Christmas Miracle? There was an illuminated path for them to find their way to honor the Christ Child and there is lighted way for us to keep on the road to kneel before Christ......

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Immaculate Conception

“Am I not the fountain of your joy?” The Mother of God to Juan Diego. In 1531 the Mother of God appeared to St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac Hill. “I am the Virgin Mary, Mother of the one true God, of Him who gives life.  He is Lord and Creator of heaven and of earth.  I...

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ADVENT-ure

How good of a mother would the Most Holy Blessed Trinity create to be the Mother of God? How pure? How perfect? How much grace? Compared to all other women? Like night and day? Mary was conceived without sin the pure vessel to bring forth the Christ. Would any woman...

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151 Thanksgivings

On Monday, November 16, all those present in Lourdes - pilgrims, volunteers, chaplains and the Sanctuary staff - united in the Grotto in a moment of silent prayer for peace. We ask today for you to join us and our friends in Lourdes by continuing to pray for peace and...

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Porziuncola Duo Porziuncola

Accurate measurement can be the final difference between profit and loss to small businesses. For the Soubirous family in 19th century, drought-stricken southern France, weights and measures must have been a defining factor in the loss of their small mill. Measurement...

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In the Vineyard

The 2016 Volunteer and Medical Professional Conference will be held March 4-6 in Miami, Florida!  Together, we'll explore the unique ways in which we discover God's mercy in caring for the sick and disabled in Lourdes, learning invaluable insights from experienced...

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Hula Hooper Oceanside

Marlene Watkins, President and Foundress of Lourdes Volunteers, was named by Our Sunday Visitor as one of their 2015 Catholics of the Year. For her founding and continued leadership of Lourdes Volunteers, which serves the sick in Lourdes, brings the sick to Lourdes,...

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Honoring Veterans

“What an awesome day!”   We started with the International Mass in the Basilica of St. Pius X Underground Basilica.  It was built in 1958 at the  100th anniversary at Lourdes and is shaped like Noah’s Ark.  It’s cool that 25,000 people can fit in this Church. Many of...

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Bee Among Roses

Accurate measurement can be the final difference between profit and loss to small businesses. For the Soubirous family in 19th century, drought-stricken southern France, weights and measures must have been a defining factor in the loss of their small mill. Measurement...

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Angel Train Ride

The western world was so consumed by materialism that God chose a little poor man to make a big change. “Can’t you see My Church is falling into ruin?” God asked Francis of Assisi.   So the unlikely unknown man got some mortar and started to repair the little...

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Stranded in Germany

We couldn’t figure out how to buy a train ticket from the machine. The earliest train departed. Better to pay the conductor 3.70 Euro on board than to miss another train. The transfer at the Frankfurt Station was now going to be nearly impossible with only 90 seconds...

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Military Women

Our very first Lourdes Volunteer had just been moved to Germany and I was excited to be reunited at an MCCW-E conference which is how we had originally met in 2002. Then she couldn’t attend the retreat. So close—a little heart’s desire lost. A grace of Lourdes...

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St. Bernadette Pilgrimage

We couldn’t figure out how to buy a train ticket from the machine. The earliest train departed. Better to pay the conductor 3.70 Euro on board than to miss another train. The transfer at the Frankfurt Station was now going to be nearly impossible with only 90 seconds...

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