APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for the 2020 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage will be made available here below beginning 13 September 2020 through 15 January 2020. Please read through "who is eligible?" to find out if you qualify.

Who Is
Eligible
Step 1
Apply
Step 2
Forms
Step 3
Endorsement
Step 4
Payment
Step 5
Confirmation

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Each category of eligibility is outlined here below. Please note that while expenses are covered for selected warrior pilgrims and their designated caregivers, it is not the case for their companions, pre-9/11 veterans and non military-affiliated volunteers. Exceptions may apply.

WOUNDED, ILL OR INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

Includes wounded, ill or injured individuals serving on active duty, honorably discharged, separated or retired from the United States Military (priority given to post-9/11 era). This category includes individuals suffering from PTSD, Moral Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Since all pilgrims will lodge in hotels, wounded, ill or injured warriors must be able to perform all "activities of daily living" either alone or with the assistance of their designated caregiver. Applicants and their clinical providers should anticipate that professional medical or nursing services, including hospitalization, will be limited during the pilgrimage. EACH wounded, ill, or injured individual must complete and submit the full application to include the wounded, ill, or injured medical annex with physician signature.

NON-WOUNDED, NON-ILL OR NON-INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

Includes non-wounded, non-ill or non-injured individuals serving on active duty, honorably discharged, separated or retired from the United States Military (priority to post-9/11 era). EACH non-wounded, non-ill, or non-injured applicant must complete and submit a separate application to include the appropriate medical annex.

DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

Designated Caregivers, as defined by the VA and Military Services, include healthcare providers, spouses, adult relatives, significant others or friends who serve as a *certified designated caregiver for a wounded, ill or injured warrior. Services caregivers provide may include, but are not limited to, assistance with activities of daily living (i.e., personal hygiene, dressing, sitting, standing, feeding, bathing, etc.), ensuring the correct dose and timing of prescribed medications and/or providing supervision to ensure the safety of the warrior. A designated caregiver must be in good health, capable of sitting and/or standing in place for extended periods, capable of walking long distances (up and down stairs, hills and on uneven surfaces) and cannot have physical limitations that will prevent them from properly assisting the pilgrim. Designated caregivers should anticipate that professional medical or nursing services, including hospitalization, will be limited during the pilgrimage.

*A copy of your VA or Military Certification documentation must be included with your application.

ADULT COMPANION

Includes non-military spouses, adult relatives, significant others or friends serving as a travel and pilgrimage companion for a military pilgrim. A companion is NOT considered a designated caregiver. EACH companion must complete and submit a separate application to include the appropriate medical annex.

CHILD COMPANION

Includes child relatives under the age of 18 serving as a travel and pilgrimage companion for a military pilgrim. EACH child companion must complete or have completed and submit a separate application to include the appropriate medical annex.

VOLUNTEER

Includes any individual (including pre-9/11 era veterans) over the age of 14 who wishes to volunteer to physically support the movement and general care of warrior pilgrims as assigned by the Leadership Team for the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage. A Volunteer must be in good health, capable of sitting and/or standing in place for extended periods, capable of walking long distances (up and down stairs, hills and on uneven surfaces) and pushing a wheelchair. Volunteers cannot have physical limitations that will prevent them from properly assisting our warrior pilgrims. EACH volunteer must complete and submit a separate application to include appropriate medical annex.

Application FAQs

APPLICATION PROCESS

Click here to apply for the 2020 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.

Once you have completed your application form in step 1, please also complete the medical annex that pertains to your application category: wounded, ill or injured military; designated caregiver; non-wounded, non-ill, non-injured military; adult companion; child companion; volunteer. For a definition of each category, please refer to tab 1: Who is Eligible?

WOUNDED, ILL OR INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

MEDICAL ANNEX 1A

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

MEDICAL ANNEX 1B

Please note: VA certification or an endorsement by a chaplain or physician is required to confirm designated caregiver status.

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


NON-WOUNDED, NON-ILL OR NON-INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


ADULT COMPANION

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Please note that EACH adult companion must complete and submit a separate application.

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


CHILD COMPANION (Under 18)

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Please note that EACH child companion must complete and submit a separate application.

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


VOLUNTEER

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.

ENDORSEMENT LETTER

A complete application must include a letter of endorsement from a Chaplain or Spiritual Leader. This letter must include:

* Date of the endorsement and the applicant’s full name.

* The length and type of relationship with the applicant (unit chaplain, pastor, rabbi, friend, etc.) and an assessment of the applicant’s spiritual motivation to participate in all Lourdes pilgrimage activities during the May 2020 pilgrimage to Lourdes.

* The endorser’s original signature and contact information (i.e., email/address/telephone number).

* If an applicant is requesting financial aid for himself and/or his companion(s), the endorsement letter must make note of this request and specify the need.

* If the endorser prefers to keep his or her letter private, he may scan and email it to Lourdes@kofc.org or seal and send via mail to:

Knights of Columbus
Attn: AMS-KOFC Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage
1 Columbus Plaza
PO Box 1966
New Haven, CT
06509-1966

PAYMENT

If traveling from the US, please note that barring exceptions all pilgrims are responsible for their own transportation to their respective departure airport and all associated costs, ie. parking, taxi, uber rides, etc.

All prices below are in USD


MILITARY PERSONNEL

All expenses for approved non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel (active duty or retired post 9/11) will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.


DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

All expenses for approved and certified designated caregivers will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.


ADULT COMPANION (13 years +)

The AMS-K of C package rate for an adult companion traveling from the United States to Lourdes is $2600 for a double occupancy room and $2900 for a single occupancy room. This includes a round-trip flight from your US departure city as well as lodging, meals and Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI) credentials.

The AMS-K of C package rate for an adult companion traveling from Germany to Lourdes is $600 for a double occupancy room and $800 for a single occupancy room. This includes round-trip ground transportation from Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Lourdes, as well as lodging, meals and PMI credentials.

Companions may be offered needs-based financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.


CHILD COMPANION (2-12 YEARS)

The AMS-K of C package rate for a US-based child companion between 2 and 12 years of age is $1300. This fee includes a round-trip flight from the US as well as lodging, meals and Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI) credentials.

The AMS-K of C package rate for a child companion between 2 and 12 years of age traveling from Germany is $360. This includes round-trip ground transportation from Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Lourdes, as well as lodging, meals and PMI credentials.


Children under 2

Children under 2 years of age attend free of charge.

*Please note: Children under 2 are expected to travel on lap of parent for the duration of the flight. Any requests for an airline-provided bassinet in flight must be arranged directly with your flight carrier. If you require a seat for a child under 2, please inform your Trip Leader who will make the request with Warriors to Lourdes Staff. Fees may apply.


VOLUNTEER (14 YEARS +)

The AMS-K of C package rate for volunteers traveling from the United States to Lourdes is $2600 for a double occupancy room and $2900 for a single occupancy room. All US-based packages include a round-trip flight, lodging, meals and Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI) credentials.

The AMS-K of C package rate for companions and volunteers traveling from Germany to Lourdes is $600 for a double occupancy room and $800 for a single occupancy room. This includes a round-trip bus ride from Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Lourdes, as well as lodging, meals and PMI credentials.


INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS

The AMS-K of C package rate for those making their own travel arrangements to Lourdes is $96 per night: $480 for 5 nights (Wednesday May 13, 2020 – Monday May 18, 2020) or $384 for 4 nights (Thursday May 14, 2020 – Monday May 18, 2020). This includes K of C-arranged accommodations, meals and PMI (International Military Pilgrimage) credentials.

For child companions (of independent adult travelers) between the ages of 2 and 12, the cost is $48 per night: $240 for 5 nights or $192 for 4 nights.


Payments can be made:

Via credit card:
Please call Knights of Columbus Charities with your credit card info at 800-694-5713

Via check:
Please make your check payable to Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., indicate your pilgrim category on the memo line (“companion payment”, “volunteer payment”, etc) and mail it to:

Knights of Columbus
Attn: AMS-KOFC Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage
1 Columbus Plaza
PO Box 1966
New Haven, CT
06509-1966

Notification Process

The following is a timeline of email communications from the Warriors to Lourdes Leadership Team you can expect to receive between your application submission and, if accepted, your departure date for Lourdes.


15-20 Feb 2020: Acceptance Notification & PMI History

You’ll receive an email notification within these 5 days detailing your acceptance status. If you are accepted to attend the 2020 pilgrimage, you will also receive a short history of Lourdes and the PMI as well as the materials listed below on their respective dates of delivery.


15-20 Mar 2020: Welcome Letters & Guide to Catholic Prayer

Within these 5 days, you’ll receive letters of welcome from Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services and from Carl A Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. You’ll also receive a link to the booklet “Mary: How Catholics Pray.”


1-5 Apr 2020: Travel Tips and Warriors to Lourdes Schedule

Within these 5 days, you’ll receive a travel security notice, a suggested packing list and the pilgrimage dress code, tips for international travel and the official Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage schedule.


25-30 Apr 2020: Flight Confirmation & Contact Info

Within these 5 days you’ll receive your flight confirmation details (if applicable) and a list outlining all important contact info.

Who Is Eligible

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

Each category of eligibility is outlined here below. Please note that while expenses are covered for selected warrior pilgrims and their designated caregivers, it is not the case for their companions, pre-9/11 veterans and non military-affiliated volunteers. Exceptions may apply.

WOUNDED, ILL OR INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

Includes wounded, ill or injured individuals serving on active duty, honorably discharged, separated or retired from the United States Military (priority given to post-9/11 era). This category includes individuals suffering from PTSD, Moral Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Since all pilgrims will lodge in hotels, wounded, ill or injured warriors must be able to perform all "activities of daily living" either alone or with the assistance of their designated caregiver. Applicants and their clinical providers should anticipate that professional medical or nursing services, including hospitalization, will be limited during the pilgrimage. EACH wounded, ill, or injured individual must complete and submit the full application to include the wounded, ill, or injured medical annex with physician signature.

NON-WOUNDED, NON-ILL OR NON-INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

Includes non-wounded, non-ill or non-injured individuals serving on active duty, honorably discharged, separated or retired from the United States Military (priority to post-9/11 era). EACH non-wounded, non-ill, or non-injured applicant must complete and submit a separate application to include the appropriate medical annex.

DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

Designated Caregivers, as defined by the VA and Military Services, include healthcare providers, spouses, adult relatives, significant others or friends who serve as a *certified designated caregiver for a wounded, ill or injured warrior. Services caregivers provide may include, but are not limited to, assistance with activities of daily living (i.e., personal hygiene, dressing, sitting, standing, feeding, bathing, etc.), ensuring the correct dose and timing of prescribed medications and/or providing supervision to ensure the safety of the warrior. A designated caregiver must be in good health, capable of sitting and/or standing in place for extended periods, capable of walking long distances (up and down stairs, hills and on uneven surfaces) and cannot have physical limitations that will prevent them from properly assisting the pilgrim. Designated caregivers should anticipate that professional medical or nursing services, including hospitalization, will be limited during the pilgrimage. *A copy of your VA or Military Certification documentation must be included with your application.

ADULT COMPANION

Includes non-military spouses, adult relatives, significant others or friends serving as a travel and pilgrimage companion for a military pilgrim. A companion is NOT considered a designated caregiver. EACH companion must complete and submit a separate application to include the appropriate medical annex.

CHILD COMPANION

Includes child relatives under the age of 18 serving as a travel and pilgrimage companion for a military pilgrim. EACH child companion must complete or have completed and submit a separate application to include the appropriate medical annex.

VOLUNTEER

Includes any individual (including pre-9/11 era veterans) over the age of 14 who wishes to volunteer to physically support the movement and general care of warrior pilgrims as assigned by the Leadership Team for the Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage. A Volunteer must be in good health, capable of sitting and/or standing in place for extended periods, capable of walking long distances (up and down stairs, hills and on uneven surfaces) and pushing a wheelchair. Volunteers cannot have physical limitations that will prevent them from properly assisting our warrior pilgrims. EACH volunteer must complete and submit a separate application to include appropriate medical annex.

Application FAQs

Step 1

APPLICATION PROCESS

Click here to apply for the 2020 Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage.

Step 2

Once you have completed your application form in step 1, please also complete the medical annex that pertains to your application category: wounded, ill or injured military; designated caregiver; non-wounded, non-ill, non-injured military; adult companion; child companion; volunteer. For a definition of each category, please refer to tab 1: Who is Eligible?

WOUNDED, ILL OR INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

MEDICAL ANNEX 1A

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

MEDICAL ANNEX 1B

Please note: VA certification or an endorsement by a chaplain or physician is required to confirm designated caregiver status.

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


NON-WOUNDED, NON-ILL OR NON-INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


ADULT COMPANION

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Please note that EACH adult companion must complete and submit a separate application.

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


CHILD COMPANION (Under 18)

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Please note that EACH child companion must complete and submit a separate application.

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.


VOLUNTEER

MEDICAL ANNEX 1C

Once complete, this annex must be attached as a PDF to your application, or sent via email to Lourdes@kofc.org.

Step 3

ENDORSEMENT LETTER

A complete application must include a letter of endorsement from a Chaplain or Spiritual Leader. This letter must include:

* Date of the endorsement and the applicant’s full name.

* The length and type of relationship with the applicant (unit chaplain, pastor, rabbi, friend, etc.) and an assessment of the applicant’s spiritual motivation to participate in all Lourdes pilgrimage activities during the May 2020 pilgrimage to Lourdes.

* The endorser’s original signature and contact information (i.e., email/address/telephone number).

* If an applicant is requesting financial aid for himself and/or his companion(s), the endorsement letter must make note of this request and specify the need.

* If the endorser prefers to keep his or her letter private, he may scan and email it to Lourdes@kofc.org or seal and send via mail to:

Knights of Columbus
Attn: AMS-KOFC Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage
1 Columbus Plaza
PO Box 1966
New Haven, CT
06509-1966

Step 4

PAYMENT

If traveling from the US, please note that barring exceptions all pilgrims are responsible for their own transportation to their respective departure airport and all associated costs, ie. parking, taxi, uber rides, etc.

All prices below are in USD


MILITARY PERSONNEL

All expenses for approved non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel (active duty or retired post 9/11) will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.


DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

All expenses for approved and certified designated caregivers will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc.


ADULT COMPANION (13 years +)

The AMS-K of C package rate for an adult companion traveling from the United States to Lourdes is $2600 for a double occupancy room and $2900 for a single occupancy room. This includes a round-trip flight from your US departure city as well as lodging, meals and Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI) credentials.

The AMS-K of C package rate for an adult companion traveling from Germany to Lourdes is $600 for a double occupancy room and $800 for a single occupancy room. This includes round-trip ground transportation from Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Lourdes, as well as lodging, meals and PMI credentials.

Companions may be offered needs-based financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.


CHILD COMPANION (2-12 YEARS)

The AMS-K of C package rate for a US-based child companion between 2 and 12 years of age is $1300. This fee includes a round-trip flight from the US as well as lodging, meals and Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI) credentials.

The AMS-K of C package rate for a child companion between 2 and 12 years of age traveling from Germany is $360. This includes round-trip ground transportation from Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Lourdes, as well as lodging, meals and PMI credentials.


Children under 2

Children under 2 years of age attend free of charge.

*Please note: Children under 2 are expected to travel on lap of parent for the duration of the flight. Any requests for an airline-provided bassinet in flight must be arranged directly with your flight carrier. If you require a seat for a child under 2, please inform your Trip Leader who will make the request with Warriors to Lourdes Staff. Fees may apply.


VOLUNTEER (14 YEARS +)

The AMS-K of C package rate for volunteers traveling from the United States to Lourdes is $2600 for a double occupancy room and $2900 for a single occupancy room. All US-based packages include a round-trip flight, lodging, meals and Pèlerinage Militaire International (PMI) credentials.

The AMS-K of C package rate for companions and volunteers traveling from Germany to Lourdes is $600 for a double occupancy room and $800 for a single occupancy room. This includes a round-trip bus ride from Kaiserslautern, Germany, to Lourdes, as well as lodging, meals and PMI credentials.


INDEPENDENT TRAVELERS

The AMS-K of C package rate for those making their own travel arrangements to Lourdes is $96 per night: $480 for 5 nights (Wednesday May 13, 2020 – Monday May 18, 2020) or $384 for 4 nights (Thursday May 14, 2020 – Monday May 18, 2020). This includes K of C-arranged accommodations, meals and PMI (International Military Pilgrimage) credentials.

For child companions (of independent adult travelers) between the ages of 2 and 12, the cost is $48 per night: $240 for 5 nights or $192 for 4 nights.


Payments can be made:

Via credit card:
Please call Knights of Columbus Charities with your credit card info at 800-694-5713

Via check:
Please make your check payable to Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc., indicate your pilgrim category on the memo line (“companion payment”, “volunteer payment”, etc) and mail it to:

Knights of Columbus
Attn: AMS-KOFC Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage
1 Columbus Plaza
PO Box 1966
New Haven, CT
06509-1966

Step 5

Notification Process

The following is a timeline of email communications from the Warriors to Lourdes Leadership Team you can expect to receive between your application submission and, if accepted, your departure date for Lourdes.


15-20 Feb 2020: Acceptance Notification & PMI History

You’ll receive an email notification within these 5 days detailing your acceptance status. If you are accepted to attend the 2020 pilgrimage, you will also receive a short history of Lourdes and the PMI as well as the materials listed below on their respective dates of delivery.


15-20 Mar 2020: Welcome Letters & Guide to Catholic Prayer

Within these 5 days, you’ll receive letters of welcome from Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services and from Carl A Anderson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. You’ll also receive a link to the booklet “Mary: How Catholics Pray.”


1-5 Apr 2020: Travel Tips and Warriors to Lourdes Schedule

Within these 5 days, you’ll receive a travel security notice, a suggested packing list and the pilgrimage dress code, tips for international travel and the official Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage schedule.


25-30 Apr 2020: Flight Confirmation & Contact Info

Within these 5 days you’ll receive your flight confirmation details (if applicable) and a list outlining all important contact info.