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Lourdes pilgrimage

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Students on the pilgrimage in Lourdes, France

In the spring of 2012, Connell School students Lindsay Lachky ’13, Georgia Silvia ’13, and Christy Tran ’12 traveled to Lourdes, France to assist pilgrims visiting the shrine. Each student had a vastly different experience and each was touched by what they saw and the presence of their faith all around them. Lindsay, Georgia, and Christy were assigned to a different malade (person who is sick) and spent much of their time caring for that individual and spending time with their family. They also spent time volunteering at the baths where people come from all over the world to wait in line for hours for a chance to bathe in the Lourdes holy water in hopes of a physical or spiritual miracle.

Lachky said of her experience, “My trip to Lourdes was full of mini-miracles and amazing life lessons. I feel beyond fortunate to have been able to have this experience, and I will never forget the people I met there or everything I saw and participated in...This was the most life-changing experience I think I’ll ever have.” For her complete thoughts, read more »

Silvia described her pilgrimage by affirming that, “As a student nurse, this trip only further confirmed my instincts in choosing nursing as my major, where I am constantly challenged to help care for others in a variety of ways, was most definitely the right decision I ever made. I am forever grateful for this priceless opportunity that I will treasure forever.” For her complete thoughts, read more »

Tran summed up her time at Lourdes by saying, “I left Lourdes reaffirmed in my choice to become a nurse. I am ever-grateful to God for leading me to His Church and His mother and for allowing me to partake in his healing work.” For her complete thoughts, read more »

Pictured: (l-r) Lindsay Lachky ’13, Georgia Silvia ’13, and Christy Tran ’12