Lourdes Water

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prayer_votive_st_bernadetteOn February 11, 1858, the Virgin Mary made the first of many appearances to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Today, millions of Catholics from around the world travel to Lourdes, France, to follow Our Lady’s instruction to St. Bernadette to “drink at the spring and wash yourself in it.” St. Bernadette uncovered a hidden spring after the Virgin Mary instructed her to dig at the ground. This Lourdes water comes from the same spring at the Grotto of Massabielle where Our Lady of Lourdes appeared to St. Bernadette.

The Confraternity of Lourdes, a ministry of the Priests of Holy Cross, was established by Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., in 1874, just 16 years after the apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette near Lourdes, France. The purpose of the Confraternity was to distribute Lourdes water to believers in the United States, accepting donations for the water as a means of raising money to build Sacred Heart Church. This initial effort grew into the ministry it is today, filling requests for the lighting of votive candles at the Notre Dame Grotto and distributing water from Lourdes.

Please fill out the online form below to make your request. Each bottle contains 1 ounce. A minimum of a $1 donation is required; however, a $3 donation per bottle is customary to help defray the total shipping and handling costs.

If you have any questions or concerns while making your request, please feel free to contact us at 574.631.6022 or online.

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