Pilgrimage Testimonials

Sheila

Sheila

Our daughter died in my arms as we lay together in the emergency room bed. In my grief, while holding her lifeless body, I was taken back to the baths at Lourdes, where we had visited just over a month before. My brothers and sisters, friends, and even strangers had...

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Schulz Family

Schulz Family

At the urging of Monsignor Richard Shirley, the seed was planted back in 2005 for the Schulz family to visit Lourdes, France. Our first daughter, Jenna Schulz, was experiencing idiopathic seizures, that were relentless and which continue today. Our family had planned...

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Naomi

Naomi

What is mission? 3 words JOY ~ PEACE ~ LOVE by Naoimi Nelson   Joy: I wake at the break of day To the tune of 6am And I am greeted by the sweet scent of French baguettes And the even sweeter smiles of Toni and Loretta.   I wake to the sight of bare humble...

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Rhonda

Rhonda

OUR LADY CALLS HIS HEART Three years ago, my husband, Gilly, began showing the first signs of dementia.  It took another year to get a diagnosis, Lewy Body Dementia. This disease moves quickly, first attacking basic motor and directional skills.  Gilly had been a key...

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Diane

Diane

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage or virtual pilgrimage? I started getting ill about 10 years ago, and many of my friends would say, “You have to go to Lourdes.” I didn’t think it was possible, because of the medical equipment I required and because...

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Clotilde

Clotilde

Going to Lourdes was not in my plans for 2018. But, as I have come to realize, my plans and God’s are thankfully not the same. The pilgrimage to Lourdes turned out to be a sorely needed time of reflection and prayer for me, and a deepening of my love for Christ and...

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Toni

Toni

When my son heard a trip to Lourdes was on my bucket list he said, “Mom, go as a volunteer.” Great idea. I typed: Lourdes volunteer, clicked, arrived at the cyber home of North American Lourdes Volunteers and after reading about their mission and accomplishments,...

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Ann

Ann

Thanks to all of the volunteers, students, leadership and staff with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers for the October 2018 Pilgrimage – the most memorable spiritual experience of my life.  My faith is strengthened in mind, body and soul and my...

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Pam & Jim

Pam & Jim

Why is Lourdes significant in your lives/faith, 160 after the apparitions?Lourdes is significant in our lives because of the tremendous amount of grace we continually receive there. Just as Our Lady is full of grace, grace is so abundant in Lourdes. It is so easy to...

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Debbie

Debbie

Why did you first decide to join us at a Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience? A Virtual Pilgrimage had never taken place in Nevada, so this was our first in the state. We know many people who always wanted to go to Lourdes but are unable to, so we wanted to bring...

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Fr. Prisk

Fr. Prisk

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage? While I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville and studying abroad in Gaming, Austria, I learned about NALV and participated in my first pilgrimage.   What has been your favorite aspect of service?...

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Chrystal

Chrystal

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage or virtual pilgrimage? I was looking for something where I could serve others in faith and using my medical skills.   What has been your favorite aspect of pilgrimage? My favorite part of the pilgrimage was meeting so...

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Belen

Belen

How did you first get involved with Lourdes Volunteers? I went to the Medical Volunteer Conference in February 2017 and was amazed at how much preparation was involved and the love and care they showed to everyone, especially those with special needs. Everyone's deep...

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Linda

Linda

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage? I first decided to travel on pilgrimage with NALV after a trip to Lourdes with my Aunt. When we first went to the Grotto I profoundly felt the holy presence of Our Lady. When I returned to the United States, I tuned...

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Richard

Richard

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage or virtual pilgrimage? I first met the leadership of NALV on the Franciscan University Campus.  They were recruiting students for a wounded warrior pilgrimage to take place in May of 2013.  I knew they needed nurses...

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Peter

Peter

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage or virtual pilgrimage? I attended a Virtual Pilgrimage in Gaming, Austria led by Pam Ryan. It came at a time when I had been asking God for a mission. The story of Lourdes is also very important to me because my own...

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Rivera Family

Rivera Family

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage? Individually, we each volunteer for different organizations, but we really wanted to find a way to serve together as a family in a meaningful way. Some friends of ours had just returned from Lourdes with the Order of...

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Reilly

Reilly

One of the things that really stood out to me during my time in Lourdes was that through all our differences, everyone was united through Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. When you went out in the Sanctuary, there were people from all across the world speaking a...

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Melinde

Melinde

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage?  I always wanted to visit different Marian sites, and then, as I was watching EWTN, I saw Marlene Watkins being interviewed by Fr. Mitch Pacwa. The first thing that came to my mind was to serve the sick on a holy...

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Solito Family

Solito Family

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage? In the summer of 2016, our family had planned to visit Lourdes, Fatima, & Spain but we got a phone call from a physician friend asking for help in their Medical Mission. When we declined telling her our plans on...

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Mary

Mary

Why did you first decide to join us on pilgrimage? I attended an NALV Medical Conference in FL in 2017 and decided I wanted to go to Lourdes on one of their Special Needs Pilgrimages.   What has been your favorite aspect of service? The combination of two loves of my...

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Amora

Amora

I waited to go Lourdes from the time that I was six years old. When I arrived in Lourdes on my first day, I made my way past the Chapel to look for the Grotto. When I rounded the corner, the Grotto came out of nowhere and I didn’t expect it. Seeing the Grotto right in...

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Marie

Marie

Years ago, a friend from my parish asked me to be a companion for her Mom at Lourdes. I took that offer as a call from Our Mother Mary. Why?  I had just started a new job and was able to ask for those days off, which my new boss supported. These things, plus my bath...

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Aria

Aria

I have wanted to go to Lourdes ever since I was a little girl. As I got older, I grew closer to Bernadette and always admired her for her strength and persistence when it came to her faith life. I eventually chose her name as my Confirmation name so I was thrilled...

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