The Order of Malta will hold its third annual “Lourdes in a Day Pilgrimage” on Sept. 10 at St. Thomas Seminary at 467 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield.
The day will begin at 9:30 am with reconciliation. Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate Mass at 10. Lunch at noon will be followed by workshops for the sick and their caretakers. The day will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
Known for its defense of the Catholic faith and service to the sick and the poor, the Order of Malta conducts the one-day pilgrimage to allow those unable to make the trip to Lourdes, France, to experience the joy, grace and healing promised by Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a poor peasant girl, and revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. Her instructions were to drink and bathe in the waters of the stream, which now holds the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and the baths draw many there. Mass and candlelight processions are daily occurrences in this small town tucked in the Pyrenees Mountains.