Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Mission Integration

Lourdes Service Immersion

A decision has not been made as to whether the Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place in May of 2022.  Dates and deadlines on this page reflect the application process for the May 2020 trip.

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality

Lourdes, France became famous in the 1850s after 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The vision instructed her to build a sanctuary and spread the word of the healing powers of the spring waters. Since then, as many as five million people pilgrimage to Lourdes every year to bathe in the spring waters.

This service immersion provides a sophomore, junior or senior nursing student with the opportunity to serve the sick from around the world who come to Lourdes to participate in the religious ritual of bathing in the healing waters of Lourdes. The focus of this service immersion is spiritual care.

The fee that is paid by the student partially covers food, lodging, and travel. The remainder of the cost of the trip is paid by donations and contributions from the President's Office and Campus Ministry, Loyola University Chicago.

Projected Dates for 2020:  May 21 to May 31, 2020

Information Session: The information for the May/June 2020 Lourdes Service Immersion is scheduled for Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 4:00PM. If you have any questions please contact psolari@luc.edu.

Faculty Contact: Dr Ann Solari-Twadell, Associate Professor and Dr. Jorgia Connor, Associate Professor are the contacts in the School of Nursing regarding this service immersion; psolari@luc.edu.


Campus Ministry Contact: Dr. Lisa Reiter, Director, Campus Ministry; lreiter1@luc.edu.


Chaplain: To be assigned

Travel: All participants travel as a group. Airline arrangements are made by the School of Nursing.


Passport: All participants will need a passport that is valid at least six months beyond, May 2020.


Lodging: Three meals a day are included with Lodging.


Food: Three meals a day are included with Lodging.


Length of time for trip: 11 days. Projected dates: May 21 to May 31, 2020.

There is an application process and interview required for those interested in making the pilgrimage.


To apply to the Lourdes Pilgrimage, please complete the 2020 Lourdes Service Immersion Application  in hard copy format. The application should be completed and submitted as a typed hard copy to the School of Nursing.

Any student wishing to participate in the service immersion and is experiencing financial hardship should indicate such in the application 


Applications are due:
Friday, November 8, 2019


Deliver applications to:
Dr. Solari-Twadell
School of Nursing
BVM Building, Room 917, Lake Shore


A twenty minute interview is required of all students. The anticipated date for interviews will be late November - early December 2019.


The final selection of participants for the Lourdes trip will be made by end of the Fall Semester, 2019 Those students selected for participation will be notified by email.


For those students that are accepted for participation on this trip to Lourdes, an initial deposit of $300 will be required as confirmation of participation by Friday, December 6, 2019. The payments will be submitted to Mary Kilroy on the eighth floor BVM Hall, Lake Shore Campus.


If you have any questions regarding this service opportunity you may contact Dr. Solari-Twadell at psolari@luc.edu or Dr. Jorgia Connor jconnor3@luc.edu.  If interested, you are urged to act promptly as there will only be a small group of 10 nursing students chosen to be included in this service immersion trip. Thank you for your attention to this information.   

Cost to Student: $1800.00

The fee that is paid by the student covers food, lodging and travel. The remainder of the cost of the trip is paid by donations and contributions from the President’s Office and Campus Ministry, Loyola University Chicago.


Payment Schedule

The student payments are due in four installments:

Friday, December 6, 2019 $300.00 non-refundable deposit
Friday, January 24, 2020 $500 second payment
Friday, February 21, 2020 $500 third payment
Friday, March 20, 2020 $500 third payment

The payments will be submitted to Mary Kilroy on the eighth floor BVM Hall, Lake Shore Campus.

A typical schedule follows:

Thursday Depart Chicago
Friday Arrive in Lourdes and get acclimated.
Saturday Tour of the Sanctuary in Lourdes, France.
Sunday Check into the bathes for service. Provide service for 6 days.
Saturday Bus trip to Loyola, Spain.
Sunday Leave for Home.

This experience is a balance between service (baths, trains, processions), formation (Educational Sessions regarding serving in Lourdes) and prayer/spiritual practices (Mass, Adoration, Confession, Rosary, Candlelight Procession, and Eucharistic processions), and development of community among participants.

There will be four meetings with the whole group who will be going on the service immersion. The first will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019. The remainder of the meetings will be on Friday mornings at 7:00 AM on February 21st, March 29thand April 11th, 2020.