11th – 12th February: Relive the Lourdes February Days!

Published on 16 February 2021 - 10:00

On 11th – 12th February, the “Lourdes February Days” brought together in the Sanctuary virtually for the first time, the 850 international pilgrimage stakeholders (pilgrimage directors, hospitality presidents, religious tourism professionals, Sanctuary partners, etc.). But they were not the only participants, because, on this occasion, many Lourdes regulars were able to follow the plenary sessions, meditations, instruction, and various testimonies which allowed everyone to experience something of Lourdes, but also to prepare for the next pilgrimage.

Lourdes February Days, the replay

Thursday 11th February 

Pastoral directions for the Sanctuary of Lourdes – Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, apostolic delegate for the Sanctuary of Lourdes

Video looking back at the year 2020
New status of the Sanctuary

International Mass

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The place of Lourdes in my life

Speeches and testimonies:
Clémence (came with Le Frat five years ago, now a young pro)
François Compagnet (hospital and hotelier, in person)
Martine Korpal (Sanctuary working community, in person)
Laurence d’Artigues (video)
Christian Bodard (video)

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Mgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, rector

Lourdes as a response to the crisis (part 1)  replay >>
Hope and resilience (part 2) replay >>

3:30 p.m. Rosary at the Grotto, celebrated by Mgr. Antoine Hérouard

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A Sanctuary anxious to welcome people in safety
The hygiene measures put in place by the Sanctuary

In the presence of the rector, Mgr. Olivier Ribadeau Dumas, the doctor from Lourdes, Alessandro de Franciscis, the head of the technical, prevention and safety hub, Sébastien Maysounave and the vice-president of the Lourdes Tourist Office, Marie Etcheverry.

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The theme of the year for the year 2021 is “I am the Immaculate Conception”, Father Horacio Brito, General Chaplain of the Hospitality of Our Lady of Lourdes, offered us three meditations, the first of which was “Mary full of grace”.

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A Sanctuary that is renewing itself
Experience and innovation

Don Anne Guillaume, Sanctuary “chapelain” Reception and Pilgrimages department, Don Pascal Boulic, Sanctuary “chapelain”, Reception and Pilgrimages Department, Daniel Pezet, president of the Hospitality of Our Lady of Lourdes, Father Krzysztof Zielenda, Sanctuary “chapelain”, Reception and pilgrimages Department, and Don Jean-Xavier Salefran, Sanctuary “chapelain”, in charge of liturgy, shared their experiences on the subject of the Saint Bernadette church forecourt.

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Friday 12th February

8 a.m. Mass at the Grotto, celebrated by Mgr. Antoine Hérouard

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“Let it be done to me according to your word”
2nd Meditation by Father Horacio Brito,

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Coming on pilgrimage to Lourdes with the sick

Round table in which Doctor Alessandro de Franciscis, doctor of Lourdes, François Labadie, director of the Accueil Notre-Dame and Sister Amal of the Accueil Marie Saint-Frai discussed their approaches to the Lourdes pilgrimage. Virtual participants were Professor Gilles Berrut, geriatrician, doctor to the Rosary pilgrimage, doctor Jean-Louis Dalleinne, responsible for the pastoral care of the diocese of Evreux, and doctor Alain Baty, general practitioner, president of the Association of Presidents of Francophone Hospitalities.

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The influence of Lourdes
The Lourdes rosary on Catholic television

The Lourdes Rosary is followed all over the world. Father Michel Baute, Lourdes “chapelain”, in person, and, virutally, Philippine de Saint-Pierre, (general manager KTO TV, France), Fabio Bolzetta (TV2000 host, Italy), Peter Gagnon (EWTN programme director, USA ) and Femin Jacob Programme Director Atmadarshan TV (India) broadcast the Rosary of Lourdes every day.

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“I do not promise you happiness in this world but in the other” 
3rd meditation by Father Horacio Brito on the theme of the year “I am the Immaculate Conception”

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Experiencing Lourdes outside Lourdes

Present for the discussion were Mgr. Xavier d´Arodes, vice-rector of the Sanctuary, to introduce the “Lourdes Missions”; Father Régis-Marie de La Teyssonnière, Lourdes “chapelain”, who has travelled extensively in different countries in the world and spoke about days of celebration “as in Lourdes”; Father Georges Nicoli, parish priest of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Bastia, reflected on his mission with the relics of Bernadette, which the Corsicans came to venerate. Father Vincent Cabanac, Director of the National Pilgrimage, and Constance Lot de Maniquete, Hospitalière with Notre-Dame de Salut, presented their experience of the “guardian angels” as part of the Hospitalité Notre-Dame de Salut. Mgr. Pascal Gollnisch, director of the Oeuvre d’Orient, reflected on the sending of statues of Our Lady of Lourdes to Iraq.

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Questions and answers

Mgr. Antoine Hérouard, apostolic delegate for the Sanctuary of Lourdes, and Guillaume de Vulpian, Director General, answered questions from pilgrimage organisers.

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Conclusion

by Mgr. Antoine Hérouard who gave the final words on these two virtual days, just as if we had each been in Lourdes ourselves.

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