Lourdes Service Immersion
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality
Lourdes, France became famous in the 1850s after 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The vision instructed her to build a sanctuary and spread the word of the healing powers of the spring waters. Since then, as many as five million people pilgrimage to Lourdes every year to bathe in the spring waters.
This service immersion provides a sophomore, junior or senior nursing student with the opportunity to serve the sick from around the world who come to Lourdes to participate in the religious ritual of bathing in the healing waters of Lourdes. The focus of this service immersion is spiritual care.
Projected Dates for 2017: May 31 - June 10, 2018
Cost to Student: $1500.00
The fee that is paid by the student covers food, lodging and travel. The remainder of the cost of the trip is paid by contributions from the President’s Office of the university.
The student payments are due in four installments:
Friday, November 10, 2017 $250.00 is non-refundable deposit
Friday, December 1, 2017 $250.00 second payment
Friday, February 2, 2018 $500.00 third payment
Friday, March 2, 2018 $500.00 fourth payment
The payments will be submitted to Mary Kilroy on the eighth floor BVM Hall, Lake Shore Campus.
Travel: All participants travel as a group. Airline arrangements are made by the School of Nursing. Typically the group departs Chicago for a flight to Paris, with a short layover in Paris. Following the layover, then there is a short flight from Paris to Pau where a chartered bus will then transport the group the 45 minutes to Lourdes.
Passport: All participants need a passport that is valid at least six months beyond the conclusion of the trip.
Lodging: Hôtel Central, Lourdes, France
Food: Three meals a day are included with Lodging.
Length of time for trip: 11 days. Projected dates- May 31 - June 10, 2018.
In order to apply for the Lourdes Pilgrimage, nursing students need to submit the 2017 - 2018 Lourdes Pilgrimage Application
Applications are due:
Friday, October 6, 2017 in hard copy format
Deliver applications to:
School of Nursing
BVM Building, Room 917, Lake Shore
A twenty minute interview is required of all students. The anticipated date for interviews will be Friday, October 16 and October 31, 2017.
The final selection of participants for the Lourdes trip will be made by early November. Those students selected for participation will be notified by email.
For those students that are accepted for participation on this trip to Lourdes, an initial deposit of $250.00 will be required as confirmation of participation by Friday, November 10, 2017. The payments will be submitted to Mary Kilroy on the eighth floor BVM Hall, Lake Shore Campus.
A typical schedule follows:
Friday Arrival in Lourdes, get acclimated
Saturday Morning free, afternoon attend Eucharistic Procession.
Sunday Attend International Mass in the morning; Afternoon, check into the bathes for service.
Monday through Friday
Mornings: Participate in formation sessions for Lourdes Hospitallers
Afternoons: Serve pilgrims in the bathes
Evenings: Mass, Reflection, Rosary Procession
Saturday Bus trip to Loyola Spain
Sunday Early departure for return flights to Chicago
This experience is a balance between service (baths, trains, processions), formation (Educational Sessions regarding serving in Lourdes) and prayer/spiritual practices (Mass, Adoration, Confession, Rosary, Candlelight Procession, and Eucharistic processions).
There will be four meetings with the whole group who will be going on the service immersion during the spring semester prior to the departure date. The meeting dates and times will be established once all the participants have been selected.