History of Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience

Inspired in a Grace

Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™ was inspired in a grace within the mission of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers early in 2002.  In the fall of 2002, three pilgrims from Kansas City, KS, met the Foundress of Lourdes Volunteers in Lourdes and Nevers, France. They agreed to be the first Host Team to bring the grace of Lourdes back home to their parish community. The Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Overland Park, Kansas, was born on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes.  With his birthright devotion, he agreed to allow what was to be the first-ever Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience.  Months of prayer, persistence and planning were required. After two years of preparation, the first Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™ was offered in the fall of 2004 in Kansas, the heartland of America.

165,000+ Pilgrims Reached since 2004

As of 2018, more than 164,500 “pilgrims” experienced Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™ in 44 states, 13 Native American Nations, 19 countries on 5 continents in 15 years.

Celebrating over 14 years of Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience™

2004

  • First Virtual Pilgrimage – Kansas

2005

  • School and University Virtual Pilgrimages – Ohio
  • Prison Virtual Pilgrimage – Nebraska

2006

  • Virtual Pilgrimages to US Military Communities of Europe

2007

  • Central American Virtual Pilgrimage – Costa Rica

2008

  • Canadian Virtual Pilgrimage – Nova Scotia

2009

  • Asia Virtual Pilgrimage – Japan

2010

  • Special Needs School Virtual Pilgrimage – New Orleans
  • Virtual Pilgrimage at Leprosarium – Kalaupapa, Hawaii

2011

  • Medical Conference Virtual Pilgrimage – Louisiana

2012

  • Plenary Indulgence Granted by Pope Benedict XVI

 

2013

  • Plenary Indulgence Granted by Pope Francis
  • Lourdes Flood Virtual Pilgrimage – France
  • African Virtual Pilgrimages – Kenya

2014

  • African Virtual Pilgrimages – Uganda
  • Virtual Pilgrimage in Maximum Security Prisons in 3 States
  • Lourdes Mobile Brings the Message of Lourdes across America-the-Beautiful
  • 100,000 Pilgrims Experience Virtual Pilgrimage

2015

  • Pope Francis grants Indulgences to members
  • Virtual Pilgrimages in Communist China

2016

  • South American Virtual Pilgrimages – Peru

2017

  • Virtual Pilgrimages in Haiti
  • Virtual Pilgrimages in the Philippines 
  • 150,000 Pilgrims Experience Virtual Pilgrimage

2018

  • Virtual Pilgrimages in Bolivia and Ecuador