Millions of pilgrims visit Lourdes each year, bringing their ills, sorrows, and struggles to Our Lady. Just like Bernadette, we go to have our lives changed by an encounter with God through the intercession of the Blessed Mother.
God speaks to us in many ways: in the faces of the sick, in the devotion of the crowds, in the quiet prayers of the faithful, in loving service to others, in His Word, in His Presence in the Sacraments.
The Order of Malta has been serving our beloved Malades, the term for sick patients in French, for over 70 years.
About 350 pilgrims from the Western Association participate in this annual international pilgrimage with thousands of Knights and Dames from around the world. The mission is to care for Malades facing significant medical challenges through prayer, processions, and fellowship.
Return to Lourdes
"Return To Lourdes”, follows the Order of Malta Western Association on pilgrimage to Lourdes in September 2021. Lourdes, in southern France, is one of the most visited shrines in the world and the second most popular tourist destination in France.