APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications for the 2022 May pilgrimage are now available by clicking on the "Step 1" tab here below. Please carefully 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.

CHAPLAIN/DEACON

Includes both military (active, retired, discharged) and non-military Chaplains or Deacons who wish to attend and provide spiritual assistance for pilgrims. Non-active duty Chaplains will require a letter of good standing from their diocese or religious governing body.

Application FAQs

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place 10-16 May, 2022 during the 62nd International Military Pilgrimage 13-15 May 2022.

Applications are now available here.

As part of your application you will be asked to complete one or more of the following medical forms based on your application type. We encourage each applicant to complete these fillable PDFs on a computer and then upload to your online application. If that is not possible, you can print these forms and complete legibly and scan and upload as a PDF to your application. If you have difficulty uploading to your application, you may send as an attachment to lourdes@kofc.org and support staff will attach to your application.

WOUNDED, ILL OR INJURED MILITARY PERSONNEL

MEDICAL ANNEX Part A - Wounded ONLY

All Wounded, Ill or Injured applicants must complete this medical annex about their current medical condition(s).

Clinical Evaluation - Wounded ONLY

A medical professional that is knowledgeable of the applicant’s current medical status and treatment should complete this form.


DESIGNATED CAREGIVER

MEDICAL ANNEX Part A - Non-Wounded

All Designated Caregiver applicants must complete this medical annex about their current medical condition(s).

MEDICAL ANNEX Part B - Designated Caregivers ONLY

All Designated Caregiver applicants must complete this medical about the level of care they provide for their wounded, ill or injured military applicant.


COMPANIONS, VOLUNTEERS, CHAPLAINS

MEDICAL ANNEX Part A - Non-Wounded

All companions, volunteers and Chaplain applicants must complete this medical annex about their current medical condition(s).

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.

* The endorsement letter can be uploaded directly to the application. However, if endorser prefers to keep his or her letter private, he or she 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

Please note that all VOLUNTEERS should make their payment prior to the application deadline of January 15th. Once a volunteer application has been submitted and reviewed the VOLUNTEER will receive an email with payment instructions. For all other applicants, payments will be due by March 15th, pending your selection to attend the Pilgrimage. While expenses for MILITARY PILGRIMS and their DESIGNATED CAREGIVERS are covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, you may be notified in mid-February if any payments are due in the event that you have selected to be lodged in a single room or are bringing any travel COMPANIONS that are not eligible for coverage.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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

The Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place 10-16 May, 2022 during the 62nd International Military Pilgrimage 13-15 May 2022.

Applications are now available here.

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

Please note that all VOLUNTEERS should make their payment prior to the application deadline of January 15th. Once a volunteer application has been submitted and reviewed the VOLUNTEER will receive an email with payment instructions. For all other applicants, payments will be due by March 15th, pending your selection to attend the Pilgrimage. While expenses for MILITARY PILGRIMS and their DESIGNATED CAREGIVERS are covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, you may be notified in mid-February if any payments are due in the event that you have selected to be lodged in a single room or are bringing any travel COMPANIONS that are not eligible for coverage.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.