St. Bernadette Soubirous

About St. Bernadette SoubirousSt. Bernadette

Our Parish is named after St. Bernadette Soubirous, also know as St. Bernadette of Lourdes.  St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes France in 1844 into abject poverty and at the age of 14 received a vision of Our Lady, where Our Lady referred to herself as “The Immaculate Conception” and called the people to prayer and acts of penance.   Shortly after this vision, the first of 18 that would follow, a spring of water came forth from the cave which had miraculous healing powers.   “After thorough investigation Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions in 1862.[7] In the 150 years since Bernadette dug up the spring, 69[16] cures have been verified by the Lourdes Medical Bureau as “inexplicable” — after what the Church claims are “extremely rigorous scientific and medical examinations” that failed to find any other explanation”

“Her request to the local priest to build a chapel at the site of her visions eventually gave rise to a number of chapels and churches at Lourdes. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is now one of the major Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. One of the churches built at the site, the Basilica of St. Pius X, can accommodate 25,000 people and was dedicated by the future Pope John XXIII when he was the Papal Nuncio to France. Close to 5 million pilgrims from all over the world visit Lourdes (population of about 15,000) every year.” –Catholic.org

St. Bernadette died in 1879 and was officially canonized a Saint by Pope Pius XI on 8 December 1933.  A biography containing more information about our humble patron St. Bernadette can be found by clicking this link.  Please also see the video below created by Loyola Productions:

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