An exhibition on the family of our Lady of Lourdes

On 22nd August 2016, on the feast of Mary Queen of Heaven, Bishop Nicolas Brouwet, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes, and Father André Cabes, Rector, re-established the Archconfraternity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady of Lourdes, created on 8th December 1872. From 8th December 2018, an exhibition – curated by the Sanctuary’s Archives and Heritage Service – retraces its history and portrays it in today’s world.

An exhibition on the family of our Lady of Lourdes

The Family of Our Lady of Lourdes is the follow-on to the confraternity of the Immaculate Conception, canonically established at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes by the bishop of Tarbes, on 8th December 1872, and elevated to archconfraternity status by popes Pius IX, then Leo XIII, firstly in France and subsequently for the whole world. Saint Pius X gave it its title and enriched it with spiritual favours. The Family of our Lady of Lourdes brings together Christians who want to renew the grace of their baptism with Mary’s help. It is aimed at employees of the Sanctuary, active or retired; volunteers, sick people, benefactors, shrines, communities and congregations bearing the name of Our Lady of Lourdes, Massabielle or Bernadette.

This exhibition is in the Sainte-Véronique du Sanctuaire gallery (on the ground floor of the Information Centre). It also portrays the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes in the world today thanks to illustrated panels where you can see its members in their own surroundings, and at prayer (schools, hospitals, sanctuaries …). It also offers beautifully illustrated reproductions of the Grottos of Lourdes in the United States, China, Jordan, Iraq or Ivory Coast … through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, we receive God’s Grace wherever we are in the world.

Join the Family of our Lady of Lourdes !

Anyone can join the Family of Our Lady of Lourdes. It welcomes Christians who want to renew the grace of their baptism, with Mary’s help. You are welcome put down the names of deceased friends and relatives in a special register and, in this way, they can be present with us at the Saturday prayer and mass at the Grotto. Children under 10 can be placed under the protection of Mary and Bernadette.
Family of Our Lady of Lourdes – 1 avenue Mgr Théas – 65108 Lourdes Cedex – Tél. + 33 (0)5 62 42 79 01 famillendl@lourdes-france.com