Sick and Disabled

Special Needs Pilgrimages to the Grotto at Lourdes




North American Lourdes Volunteers is the first Hospitality of the Americas accompanying special needs pilgrims to Lourdes each year since 2002.  A special needs pilgrimage is a one-week fully handicapped-accessible experience of Lourdes, France.

A volunteer team provides medical supportive care for each pilgrim with special needs, including:

  • mobility needs
  • oxygen
  • kidney dialysis
  • infusion therapy
  • and more…

Lay volunteers provide for all the personal and practical care. Every detail is lovingly considered to make for a happy and holy journey to Lourdes, France.

We stay at a unique handicapped-accessible facility overlooking the Grotto inside the Sanctuary gates. The Accueil Notre Dame is the only accommodations on the grounds of the Sanctuary and is just a walking bridge to the Grotto.
Throughout Europe, annual Hospitality “Sick and Handicapped Pilgrimages” bringing terminally ill, elderly, and disabled with special needs to Lourdes. Each year over 50,000 seriously ill pilgrims make the spiritual journey to the Grotto. The joy of the pilgrims is evident in their faces and tearful farewells. No one goes home empty-handed! This unique experience is made possible by the volunteer services of over 100,000 Hospitality lay and medical volunteers from all over the world.

Today, with Lourdes Volunteers, Americans can enjoy the same pilgrimage experience Europeans have known for more than one hundred years.

With God, all things are possible!