The Lourdes Experience hopes to fill the longing that so many people carry within their heart; the desire to go before Blessed Mother in the very spot she appeared and bathe in those same waters that so many people continue to do year after to year. Lourdes Experience in a very small way brings the enormity of the graces of Lourdes to your community, wherever you are and opens up the light and love of the Gospel message that St. Bernadette encountered in that small niche in the Grotto of Massabielle.
Lourdes Experience is an experiential presentation of Lourdes for your community at your location where I come and bear witness to the events of Lourdes, the history of Lourdes and the transformative grace that has occurred there over 160 years since the apparitions. My witness to my own experience in Lourdes both as a pilgrim and as a volunteer invites you into your own experience where you too can come to the Grotto, just as you are to meditate, to pray and to ask for Blessed Mother’s intercession.
I knew about Joanne’s ministry in Lourdes, France and about her devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. She led a three –part multigenerational forum on the Blessed Virgin during Lent. This forum has been one of the best attended in my tenure at St. Gabriel’s. Her presentation came from the heart and from her experience as a devout seeker and follower of our Blessed Mother. Joanne was very professional and extraordinarily well prepared. Her interactive presentation appealed to people within diverse learning abilities given her use of different media styles (written, oral and visual). It is my hope that Joanne will continue educating faith communities with her spirit, her wisdom, and her devotion to Our Blessed Mother.
The Rev. Daniel Velez- Rivera, Vicar
Saint Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Leesburg, VA