Warriors to Lourdes

The Warriors to Lourdes delegation to the International Military Pilgrimage, Lourdes, France, May 2018. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

The 63rd PMI will be held from May 12 to 14, 2023, drawing thousands of troops, veterans, and others from around the world to the famous Marian shrine where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.

The Warriors to Lourdes excursion is a week-long retreat in which pilgrims take part in an opening ceremony, special Masses, visits to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, and a candlelight vigil. U.S. servicemen or women currently on active duty, recently retired, or honorably discharged—including those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Moral Injury, or other illness—are encouraged to submit an application to the Knights of Columbus (K of C), which co-sponsors Warriors to Lourdes along with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Applications are being accepted from Sept. 15, 2022, through January 15, 2023.