Join us in Prayer for the 2018 Lourdes Novena

Join us in Prayer for the 2018 Lourdes Novena

This year marks the 160th anniversary of Our Lady's apparition in Lourdes, France. And - believe it or not - the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been serving the faithful people who flock to Lourdes for the past 157 years!

The first Oblate to become involved in Lourdes was Fr. Ferdinand Gondrand, O.M.I. in 1861. He stepped in to help young Bernadette put down in writing the very first written accounts of the apparitions in Lourdes.

About ten years later - in 1872 - a group of Oblates led the first pilgrimage to Lourdes from Marseille, France.

Cardinal Joseph Guibert, O.M.I. took a leading role in overseeing the building of the Basilica in Lourdes. He had the honor of consecrating the Basilica in 1876.

The first international pilgrimage to Lourdes was in 1883 and was led by a group of Oblates. This particular pilgrimage from Great Britain continues to this day!

Finally - in 1985 - the Oblates established a ministry in Lourdes which offered spiritual guidance to youth pilgrims. The Oblates continue to spearhead this critical ministry in Lourdes today.

This year - 2018 - YOU can take part in the Lourdes experience. The Oblates will be your spiritual partners in Lourdes as we pray for a wide variety of healing needs. When you send your prayer intentions, the Oblates will remember your personal intentions in Lourdes, France. You will also be remembered in prayer at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows during our annual Lourdes Novena from February 3-11.

This is a special opportunity for you to have your intentions prayed for in Lourdes! Last year Fr. Kieran Mandato in Lourdes wrote to tell us, "Today I had the pleasure of assisting Msgr. Xavier d'Arodes, Coordinator of the International Pastoral Work here at Lourdes, with the recitation of the rosary at the Lourdes Grotto. We prayed the rosary for the intentions of the Oblate Missionary Association's benefactors. All of the petitions were placed in the petition box at the grotto as well as the beautiful blue candle which will stay lit to continue our benefactor's prayers. May the Lord and Our Lady through the intercession of St. Bernadette continue to bless you and the benefactors of the Missionary Oblates."

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The Oblates will truly pray for your intentions in Lourdes! So don't wait...join us in prayer today.

Send me your personal prayer needs. Your intentions will be lifted up in prayer by the Oblates at the Sacred Grotto in Lourdes, France. You will also be remembered in prayer during the novena to Our Lady of Lourdes at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

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