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Le Père Michel Daubanes - Nouveau Recteur du Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Lourdes

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Le Père Michel Daubanes, vicaire général du diocèse d'Evreux, a été nommé recteur du Sanctuaire de Lourdes le 3 mai 2022 par le Conseil permanent de la Conférence des évêques de France, sur proposition de Mgr Jean-Marc Micas, évêque nommé du diocèse de Tarbes et Lourdes.

« Que Marie, Notre Dame de Lourdes, nous permette de bien préparer l’accueil de notre nouveau Recteur, nous aide à garder nos cœurs en paix, nous soutienne tous dans notre mission au service de ceux qui nous sont confiés à Lourdes. » (Mgr J.M. Micas)

Le père Michel Daubanes prendra ses fonctions à Lourdes le 1er septembre 2022 pour un mandat de 5 ans renouvelable une fois.

Communiqué de presse de la Conférence des évêques de France

Monday, May 2, 2022

Watch Alessandro de Franciscis, M.D., residing physician of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, explain the scientific and the not so scientific wonders of Lourdes as you tour the grotto in Massabielle, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Chapel of Our Lady of Victory.

After Bernadette's 18 encounters with the Blessed Virgin beginning on February 11, 1858, there were 20 cures by July 16, 1858, 40 cures by the end of the summer, and more than 100 cures by the end of the year that doctors could not explain.

Mass of Departure for the Relics of St. Bernadette

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monsignor Schwanger celebrated the Mass of Departure of St. Bernadette on Easter Monday morning. "All that happens through Lourdes happens because we are drawn into the heart of Christ. . . Christ lives in us, and there is healing and life to be found in Christ. He fills us with joy in His presence."

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Gesture of Water / Departure from Miami

Monday, April 18, 2022

The Gesture of the Water was available for visitors to receive, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, during Holy Week. Many came from all over Florida and from other states. Four stations were originally set, but because of the volume of people that came, it was expanded to eight stations.

During the Gesture of the Water, the participant first says a prayer, offering their intentions for healing of the body, mind, and spirit. Next the water is poured into their hands for washing. Then, the water is received for the face and other parts of the body that need healing. Finally, the water is poured to sip.

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Monsignor Schwanger thanking all who volunteered to administer the Gesture of the Water.

The Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Monday, April 11, 2022

The Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Archbishop Thomas Wenski, and the Rosary Candlelight Procession to the Grotto occurred on Monday of Holy Week.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Miami, was packed in the main church and chapel, with standing room only. Mass was simultaneously broadcasted in the Parish Hall as well as in the outside altar. The procession following mass moved from the main church to the adjacent track of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Many came to experience St. Bernadette and the healing powers - mind, body and spirit - of the waters of Lourdes.

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St. Bernadette arrived in the United States

Thursday, April 7, 2022

St. Bernadette arrived in the United States on April 7, 2022, but she did not make it to the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

Delayed in Customs, the water of Lourdes arrived before she did.

Msgr. Schwanger explained in his homily, "St. Bernadette could have cooked this up. She wanted the focus to be on Our Lady because her message is not about her, but about her faith that she wants to share with us. Our Lady told St. Bernadette that the people should come in procession, drink, and wash of the water. Bernadette took her relationship with Mary very seriously and we are here, enveloped by the embrace of Bernadette, in cooperation with the Virgin. As we do the Gesture of the Water, pray for healing of the mind, body, and spirit."

After Mass, a steady stream of people went to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall to receive the Gesture of the Water.

St. Bernadette arrived at 3:00 p.m. and was transported onto the main altar of the Church in the beautiful reliquary.

Mass was celebrated by Father James Arriola at 7:00 p.m., with the Gesture of the Water following Mass.