ABOUT THE 2020 PILGRIMAGE
The Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place May 12-19, 2020 during the 62nd International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) in Lourdes, France.
ABOUT THE WARRIORS TO LOURDES PILGRIMAGE
Sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the Knights of Columbus, the Warriors to Lourdes pilgrimage takes place during the 61st annual International Military Pilgrimage (Pèlerinage Militaire International or PMI) in Lourdes, France. Non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel who are accepted to attend will travel from the United States and Europe to Lourdes for a time of prayer, retreat and participation in the 61st annual International Military Pilgrimage. The retreat will consist of a number of spiritual events, including an international opening ceremony, special Masses, a visit to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes and a candlelight vigil that draws tens of thousands of troops to the sacred shrine every year.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY PILGRIMAGE
The International Military Pilgrimage was established in 1946 to promote reconciliation and peace after World War II. Every year since, for one weekend in May, Lourdes has become a place of prayer and healing for active-duty members and veterans representing more than 40 nations.
Lourdes is one of the most popular Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world. It was the location of a series of 19th-century apparitions, during which the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous. During the past 100 years, millions of pilgrims have flocked to the site, with the hope of receiving a special healing and a deepening of faith.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 by Father Michael McGivney, a parish priest in New Haven, Conn. The Knights has grown to one of the country's largest charitable organizations, with more than 1.9 million members worldwide. Last year, the Knights donated more than $185.6 million and more than 75.6 million hours of service to charitable causes. The Knights of Columbus, animated by its core principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism, has a long history of serving the military. Its celebrated Army Hut program (a forerunner to the U.S.O.) provided hospitality for service members throughout Europe during the First World War. Since then, the Knights has sponsored war relief activities, programs for veterans and military chaplains, has distributed spiritual resources for military members and counts a steady stream of volunteers to more than 135 VA medical centers. In recent years, the organization has partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation to help fund the construction of custom smart homes for severely wounded heroes. Since 2013, the Knights has also joined forces with the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, to bring groups of wounded, ill and injured warriors on pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, as part of an annual international military pilgrimage.
ABOUT THE ARCHDIOCESE FOR THE MILITARY SERVICES
The Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church's full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces. This includes more than 220 installations in 29 countries, patients in 153 V.A. Medical Centers, and federal employees serving outside the boundaries of the U.S. in134 countries. The AMS is responsible for the spiritual well-being of more than 1.8 million men, women and children.