Bernadette’s story

This is the story of Bernadette Soubirous, from her childhood in Lourdes to the apparitions at the grotto, her departure to Nevers and her life within the Congregation.

Vue de Lourdes

Bernadette in Lourdes

On January 7th 1844, Bernadette Soubirous was born in Lourdes, a small town in the Pyrenean mountains, to a miller’s family who enjoyed relative prosperity during the early years of Bernadette’s life…

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La grotte aux temps des apparitions 
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The experience of the Apparitions

On 11th February 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous left the Cachot with her sister and a friend to collect firewood on the banks of the Gave at Massabielle…

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Façade de l’hospice

The apparitions were over. It was now time to make a choice.

Bernadette Soubirous was welcomed at the Hospice run by the Sisters of Charity of Nevers, as an “au pair boarder.” There she stayed for 8 years…

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Le fronton avec la devise-© EBSN

Bernadette in Nevers (1866-1879)

On the evening of 7th July 1866, Bernadette Soubirous, accompanied by the Superior from Lourdes and two other young girls, crossed the threshold…

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