Listed below are some elements to help you with the organization of your pilgrimage. Select what you consider suitable for your group.
Guided tour “In the footsteps of Bernadette”
This pilgrimage enables you to discover Bernadette through the significant places in the house and the important events which marked her life.
If you are doing the pilgrimage over two days, we suggest the following three stages:
1st stage: “The call … from Lourdes to Nevers.”
A guided visit to the Grotto, the main Gate and the Façade! Afterwards, time to share your experience, using a specially prepared set of questions.
2nd stage: “Bernadette, an ordinary saint.”
A guided visit to the garden at the back of the Chapel, the Novitiate and Our Lady of the Waters! Afterwards, time to share your experience, using a specially prepared set of questions.
3rd stage: “The path of confidence”
A guided visit to St. Joseph’s Chapel, Holy Cross Oratory and the main Chapel. The visit will be followed by free time.
The pilgrimage ends with a time for sharing.
Please note that the “Walk in the Footsteps of Bernadette” can be effected in one stage.
Projection of a film on Bernadette
Presentation of a 25-minute documentary …
Based on information from the archives, this documentary takes us into Bernadette’s world and her encounter with Mary, where we follow her on her spiritual journey from Lourdes to Nevers.
The film can be an introduction to the “Walk in the Footsteps of Bernadette” or it can help you bring together what you have discovered about the life of the saint.
After the documentary, a time for spontaneous sharing is suggested.
Visit the museum in small groups of five or six
Your organizer/group leader will guide you to the museum.
The expression on Bernadette’s face, as you enter the museum, invites you to look at the world and its people in a different light.
The museum, designed as a journey, helps you to discover the life of Bernadette. It retraces the various places connected with her – the cachot, the grotto, the hospice in Lourdes and her life in Nevers.
Photographs and objects depict Bernadette’s various activities during the thirteen years spent in Nevers.
The group can participate in the Masses in French offered in Bernadette’s Chapel :
- Daily at 11.45 a.m
- Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.00 a.m. and 11.45 a.m.
- Sundays and Holidays of Obligation at 10.00 a.m
If you have a priest in your group, your leader must reserve the place and time of your Mass.
Times of Prayer
Our animation team can help you prepare evening prayer :
- Beside Bernadette’s shrine
- In Holy Cross Oratory
- At Our Lady of the Waters
Your own group will take charge of the prayer (+/- half an hour).
(to be played in teams)
« Get to know Bernadette » – a game that enables adults to test lightheartedly their knowledge about Bernadette.
« Get to know the Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers » : a game that takes children back to the origins of the Congregation that Bernadette joined in 1866.
Visits outside the Sanctuary
- Visit of Nevers, a town of art and history (Contact Tourist Office for information and reservation +33 (0)3 86 68 45 01 )
- Visit the Cathedral (Contact Tourist Office for information and reservation +33 (0)3 86 68 45 01 or “Regards sur la cathédrale” Association +33 (0)7 70 91 11 46.
- Other nearby places of interest : Enquire at Espace Bernadette.
- Contact Tourist Office for more information.