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.

Each day she saw the Sisters looking after the sick, the elderly poor and the young daughters of families without resources.  In fact, the Sisters were close to the poorest, because this was the wish of Jean-Baptiste Delaveyne, founder of the Congregation.

“I love the poor.  I love taking care of the sick.  I will stay with the Sisters of Charity of Nevers.”

The community welcomed Bernadette and left her free to make up her own mind.  She took some time to make a decision:  “I’m going to join the Sisters because they didn’t put any pressure on me … “ and “I love the poor.  I like to care for the sick.  I will stay with the Sisters of Nevers.”

In 1866, she left for Nevers and from then on she remained with the Sisters of Charity of Nevers.