Who We Are

About Us

We are the first Lourdes Hospitality of the Americas and the first Hospitality outside Europe. We bring the seriously ill and disabled to Lourdes, France and serve the Sanctuary as volunteers. We evangelize through the Gospel Message of Lourdes sharing the grace of pilgrimage through Virtual Pilgrimage experiences to those unlikely or unable to make the physical journey to Europe. We are volunteers, laity, clergy and religious, who lovingly serve the Immaculate Conception and her pilgrims both in the Sanctuaries at France and back at home through living and sharing the Gospel Message of Lourdes.  We are members of a Catholic Association united in prayer, evangelization and service within a charism of family centered in love reaching the sick and suffering, the poor and unloved.

As members, we take an oath and offer our service:

In prayer at home, through the Rosary, at Mass, at Adoration or in sacrifice and suffering

By assisting others as companions, caregivers, housekeepers and as medical professionals

As volunteers at the Sanctuaries in the Baths, the Accueils, at the trains and at ceremonies

Evangelizing through Virtual Pilgrimage, bringing Lourdes to those who cannot journey to France

In loving each person as Christ, caring for them as Mary would care for Jesus

Making the mission possible as volunteers, donors, benefactors, sponsors and supporters

We extend the invitation to prayer, to penance and to come in procession:

Through Virtual Pilgrimages Experiences in parishes, schools, prisons and more…

Sharing the Message of Lourdes through media appearances, social media and public speaking

Bringing the seriously ill and profoundly handicapped to Lourdes with Medical Volunteers

Offering volunteer service opportunities for youth and adults caring for the sick on pilgrimage

Serving as volunteers with the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Lourdes at the Sanctuaries in France

 

To join us as a member, please contact our office. Please read our oath and prayerfully discern if you are able to make a commitment to pray with us, or serve with us at Lourdes or at home. Members take an oath and receive a Sacramental, a blessed insignia pin. After three years of service, a member can make a life-time commitment to serve as a North American Lourdes Volunteer, when possible.

Volunteer Oath
“With the Gift of God’s Grace I vow to embrace
the teachings of the Catholic Church
to honor the sanctity of every human life
and to respect the dignity
of each person as Christ,
with the loving support of my brothers and sisters,
so help me, God.”

Medical Professional Oath
“With the Gift of God’s Grace I vow to embrace
the teachings of the Catholic Church
to honor, vouchsafe and protect
the sanctity of every human life
from conception to natural death
and to respect the dignity
of each person as Christ,
with the loving support of my brothers and sisters,
so help me, God.”