What is a Pilgrimage
In 1858, the Mother of God appeared to a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous eighteen times, requesting that she pray, to uncover a spring of water, to build a chapel and to come in procession. Since then, thousands of scientifically documented cures and countless healings and conversions have occurred. Six million pilgrims from all over the world now visit the Grotto each year.
The purpose of pilgrimage is to grow in faith while on a spiritual journey to a holy place. The experience of pilgrimage reminds us we are in exile in this life, created to be with God for eternity. Pilgrimage allows for time from the demands of our everyday life to seek God, meeting Him in each person and embracing opportunities to grow in holiness.
A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place.
A pilgrimage is an opportunity to leave behind the every-day to discover God in everything, to grow closer to God, to discover your faith and to meet the faithful.
A pilgrim is a person on a pilgrimage.
People do not need to be holy to go on a pilgrimage — they go on a pilgrimage and grow in holiness.
The purpose of pilgrimage is to grow in faith while on a spiritual journey to a holy place. The experience of pilgrimage reminds us that we are in exile in this life only created to be with God for eternity. Taking time from our everyday life and routine to seek God, we can meet Him in each person and every encounter along the way, embracing opportunities to grow in holiness.
At Lourdes Volunteers, we make a Promise of Joy when we embark on the pilgrimage and every day.
Bernadette said she felt a mysterious pull to go to the Grotto. If you are feeling an “inexplicable pull” to go to Lourdes, surely Our Lady has placed this most beautiful desire in your heart.