The Oblates take great pride in the work they do in Lourdes, France. We work closely with the sick, the weary, those who have lost their way...and we love every second of it.

Today there are nine Oblates from seven different countries living and working in Lourdes where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette nearly 160 years ago. While the Oblates there work with all guests in one form or another, they have focused their attention on youth ministries at Lourdes.

Father Wojciech Kowealewski is one of the Oblates in Lourdes. He said "It is our task to receive each year more than 100,000 young people. It's a mission of welcoming and listening," he said. "Some of these young people are already engaged in the life of the Church; others are seeking or any simply non-believers. Often these young people surprise us: they are at least looking for meaning and hope."

"At Lourdes, when we meet individually with some of the youth, we see beautiful things, even if sometimes they are born from the ashes of despair and pain," Fr Kowealewski continued. "They are true miracles. Some youth then make important decisions: marriage, religious life, priesthood..."

The Oblates not only share the Word of God with the young people, but they also organize youth events and celebrations; provide volunteer opportunties such as in the "Youth Village" that is open during Spring Break and summer months; and they guide the youth as they walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. Other Oblates invite youth groups to accompany senior citizens to Lourdes. These teens act as nurses and caregivers to the elderly and sick.

You too, can take part in something unique and special. Our Lady's message of healing can touch our lives now, from the comfort of our own homes. Together, let us take a "Spiritual" pilgrimage. The healing and hope we feel in our lives will be just as real as those who visit Lourdes in person. Here is how you can walk the path of healing from your own home:


Send me your healing 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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