Warriors to Lourdes May 2023 at No Cost for Veterans
A Pilgrimage like no other The 2023 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage is sponsored by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) and the Knights of Columbus (K of C). The theme for the 2023 pilgrimage is: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28) It takes place 9-15 May, 2023 in conjunction with the 63rd annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) in Lourdes, France. The Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage allows non-wounded, wounded (physical, mental and/or moral injuries), ill or injured U.S. military personnel to travel from the United States and Europe to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. There, they will participate in PMI events, which include an international opening ceremony, special Masses, visits to the famous healing baths at Lourdes, a Unified Sports Challenge and a candlelight vigil that draws tens of thousands annually.
Applying for the 2023 pilgrimage To apply to attend the 2023 Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage visit warriorstolourdes.com. Applications will be accepted until 15 January 2023.
Eligibility Applicants should be spiritually motivated to participate as a pilgrim, and they must be active-duty, recently retired or separated U.S. military personnel (post-9/11 era). Warrior companions, pre-9/11 veterans and non military-affiliated volunteers are also eligible to apply. Wounded, ill or injured warriors must be able to fully perform activities of daily living either alone or with the assistance of a VA-approved designated caregiver. Applicants and their clinical providers should not anticipate that professional medical or nursing services, including hospitalization, will be delivered during the pilgrimage. Cost All expenses for approved non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel, as well as designated caregivers, will be covered by Knights of Columbus Charities, Inc. The AMS-K of C package rate for companions and volunteers traveling from the United States to Lourdes is $2,600 for a double occupancy room and $2,900 for a single occupancy room.
The AMS-K of C package rate for companions and volunteers traveling by bus from Kaiserslautern, Germany is $700 for a double occupancy room and $1000 for a single occupancy room. All packages include a K of C-arranged round-trip flight or overnight bus transportation as well as meals, accommodations and PMI credentials. Please visit warriorstolourdes.com for a complete list of rates including child companion and independent traveler rates, as well as information on financial aid requests.
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