St. Bernadette Relic Tour Diocese of Syracuse

We are honored to welcome the relics of St. Bernadette to our home Diocese in Syracuse, New York!

The Relics of St. Bernadette visit the Syracuse Diocese from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, France!

In 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared to young Bernadette in the French village of Lourdes. She called for repentance from sin and offered water for the healing of both body and soul.  Today, millions of pilgrims travel to Lourdes each year to be reconciled with God and to pray for healing.

From April to August 2022, the relics of Saint Bernadette will tour the United States for the first time, bringing the grace of Lourdes to parishes across the country. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is organizing the pilgrimage of the relics in partnership with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Hospitalité of Miami, the Order of Malta and North American Lourdes Volunteers (founded and operated locally here in Syracuse, NY).

This May 28-31, 2022, the relics will be available for veneration here in Syracuse. Each host parish has planned a full day of events. The local North American Lourdes Volunteers will provide a guided Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage ExperienceTM at each host parish.

To prepare for the holy visit of this special saint, we invite you to join us in praying the Novena to St. Bernadette the nine days leading up to the visit of her relics. Sign up below to receive the novena daily and other updates by email about the schedule of events of the relics in the Syracuse area.

St. Bernadette relic tour USA

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Schedule of Events in the Diocese of Syracuse

Saturday, May 28

Holy Family Church | 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219 | (315) 488-3139 | https://holyfamilysyr.org/

  • 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Welcome Ceremony, Veneration of Relics and Holy Hour

Sunday, May 29

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception | 259 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 | (315) 422-4177 | https://cathedralsyracuse.org/

  • 9:45 AM- Mass Celebrated by Bishop Lucia
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM- Veneration of Relics 
  • 1:00 PM- Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience
  • 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Veneration of Relics
  • 5:10 PM- Mass

Monday, May 30

Sacred Heart Catholic Church | 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero, NY 13039 | (315) 699-2752 | https://sacredheartofcicero.com/

  • 8:00 AM- Mass
  • 8:45 AM- Holy Hour (Rosary & Litany)
  • 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Veneration of Relics
  • 4:00 PM- Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience
  • 7:00 PM- Healing Mass
  • 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Benediction/Adoration/Anointing of the Sick

Tuesday, May 31

Holy Family Church | 127 Chapel Drive, Syracuse, NY 13219 | (315) 488-3139 | https://holyfamilysyr.org/

 

Information for Pilgrims

No reservations needed!

Veneration will be by exposition only; NO ONE will be permitted to touch the reliquary or the glass case surrounding it. Pilgrims are encouraged to pray silently in front of the reliquary.

Due to anticipated crowds, pilgrims should be respectful of others in line when venerating the relics and only expect to spend a minute in front of the relic.

A free-will offering will be taken to support the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lourdes, France.

What are the relics?
On April 18, 1925, forty-six years after her death, the body of Bernadette Soubirous was exhumed so that relics could be retrieved.

This mission was entrusted to Doctors Comte and Talon. Doctor Comte took the first samples from the body which “was of a soft and almost normal consistency”, he wrote in 1928 in the Bulletin of the Medical Association at Our Lady of Lourdes.

On June, 14, 1925, Pius XI proclaimed Bernadette Soubirous “Blessed”. Her body was then transferred to its current shrine in Nevers on  July 18, 1925.

On  December 8, 1933, Pope Pius XI canonized Saint Bernadette, and her feast day is celebrated in the world on  April 16, – the day of her passing. France celebrates the feast day on February 18.

The “Original Acts”, preserved in the Archives of Nevers and written in Latin, indicate that taken for the relics were:

  • A fragment of the 5th rib
  • A fragment of the 6th rib
  • The kneecaps
  • A sample of muscle, from the external part of the right femur
  • Lots of hair
  • And various fragments which came from muscles and skin

The conservation and attribution of these relics were entrusted to the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers, under the vigilance of the Bishop of Nevers.

These relics were given, in the form of ex-carne or ex-ossibus fragments, by the Sisters of Nevers, to various houses of their Congregation.

The relic in the reliquary, which is travelling through France and abroad, is an ex-carne relic, given to the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception (Fathers of Garaison), founded in 1836. A From 1866, it was this congregation which managed the Sanctuary of Lourdes, at the request of Mgr. Laurence, Bishop of Tarbes.

In 2018, the Very Reverend Father Horacio Brito, Superior General of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception entrusted this relic to the Sanctuary of Lourdes. It is now in the reliquary made in Spain by the Maison Granda workshop. This reliquary was solemnly unveiled in Lourdes on 30th May 2019.

For more information on the relics of St. Bernadette, visit https://www.stbernadetteusa.org/ip.php?pg=Home.

Can I obtain a plenary indulgence?

Yes! There are two plenary indulgences available to the faithful during the relic tour. 

Learn more about plenary indulgences by visiting the relics of St. Bernadette, visit https://stbernadetteusa.org/ip.php?pg=Plenary+Indulgence&lg=EN.

Learn more about obtaining plenary and partial indulgences for attending a Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience, visit https://lourdesvolunteers.org/indulgences/.