Upperclassmen students travel to Lourdes, France, for a week in the summer (every two years) to work at the Baths, an extraordinary service and spiritual opportunity for all. Our group includes students from other high schools in the U.S., a priest and several seminarians. We also meet malades arriving from European cities at the Lourdes train station and assist them to buses that transport them to their hotel... some in wheelchairs, some just needing help with luggage and directions. Our schedule includes attending Mass at the Grotto where the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Bernadette, the underground Basilica of St. Pius X, and the Poor Clares convent chapel.
We also visit the Grotto daily and leave prayer intentions that have been requested by our family and friends. We are privileged to walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette (visiting the Church where she was baptized and the jail that was converted into her family's home). We climb a steep path to pray the majestic outdoor stations of the cross. We experience the memorable candlelight Eucharistic Procession that takes place every night. Some of us volunteer to sing in the international choir on the balcony of the Basilica of the Rosary overlooking the procession which offers a majestic and breathtaking view.
We return home spiritually charged and revived with lifetime memories of an awesome and extra-special experience which is the gift of Lourdes.