Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

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.

The fee that is paid by the student partially covers food, lodging, and travel. The remainder of the cost of the trip is paid by donations and contributions from the President's Office and Campus Ministry, Loyola University Chicago.

Projected Dates for 2019:  May 23 - June 2, 2019

Information Session: The information for the May/June 2019 Service Immersion will be distributed at four Class Meetings. If you have any questions, please contact psolari@luc.edu.

Faculty Contact: Dr Ann Solari-Twadell, Associate Professor is the contact in the School of Nursing regarding this service immersion; psolari@luc.edu.

 

Campus Ministry Contact: Dr. Lisa Reiter, Director, Campus Ministry; lreiter1@luc.edu.

Chaplain: Fr. Scott Hendrickson; dhendrickson@luc.edu

Travel: All participants travel as a group. Airline arrangements are made by the School of Nursing.

Passport: All participants need a passport that is valid at least six months beyond the conclusion of the trip (June 2019).

Lodging: Three meals a day are included with Lodging.

Food: Three meals a day are included with Lodging.

Length of time for trip: 12 days. Projected dates: May 23 - June 2, 2019.

There is an application process and interview required for those interested in making the pilgrimage.

Application
To apply to the Lourdes Pilgrimage, please complete the 2019 Lourdes Pilgrimage Application in hard copy format.
Any student wishing to participate in the service immersion who is experiencing financial hardship should indicate such in the application.

 

Applications are due:
Friday, October 19, 2018 in hard copy format.

 

Deliver applications to:
Dr. Solari-Twadell
School of Nursing
BVM Building, Room 917, Lake Shore

 

Interviews
A twenty minute interview is required of all students. The anticipated date for interviews will be late October - early November 2018.

 

Selection
The final selection of participants for the Lourdes trip will be made by mid-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 $300 will be required as confirmation of participation by Friday, December 7, 2018. The payments will be submitted to Mary Kilroy on the eighth floor BVM Hall, Lake Shore Campus.

Cost to Student: $1800.00

The fee that is paid by the student covers food, lodging and travel. The remainder of the cost of the trip is paid by donations and contributions from the President’s Office and Campus Ministry, Loyola University Chicago.

Payment Schedule

The student payments are due in four installments:

Friday, December 7, 2018 $300.00 non-refundable deposit
Friday, January 25, 2019 $500 second payment
Friday, February 22, 2019 $500 third payment
Friday, March 22, 2019 $500 third payment

The payments will be submitted to Mary Kilroy on the eighth floor BVM Hall, Lake Shore Campus.

A typical schedule follows:

Thursday Depart Chicago
Friday Arrive in Lourdes and get acclimated.
Saturday Tour of the Sanctuary in Lourdes.
Sunday Check into the bathes for service. Provide service for 6 days.
Saturday Bus trip to Loyola, Spain.
Sunday Leave for home.

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), and development of community among participants.

There will be four meetings with the whole group who will be going on the service immersion. The first will be held before the end of the Fall Semester in 2018, with the remainder during the Spring Semester prior to the departure date. The meeting dates and times will be established once all the participants have been selected.