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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2013

Connell News

3 students lighting candles at Lourdes

Two weeks before graduation, Connell School students Renee Wilson ‘13, Claire Drake ‘13, and Emily Lynch ‘14 traveled to Lourdes, France to aid in the malades (French word for the sick) pilgrimage to Lourdes. Each student had a profound and rich experience filled with incredible kindness, faith, and emotion that isn’t seen anywhere else. Wilson, Drake, and Lynch were each assigned to a malade for the week that they, not only care for, but develop a relationship with. The students waited, for hours, with their assigned malade so they and their malade could have a chance to bathe in the Lourdes holy water.

Drake describes her experience as “the perfect synthesis of [Her] passion for nursing and [Her] Catholic faith.” Read her story

Lynch believes the best thing she got out of the trip “…was realizing that we can all connect on some uniquely human level.” Read her story

Wilson found that sometimes words aren’t always necessary and spirit alone can be enough to comfort a person “Although there were minimal English words spoken, these women who volunteered in the baths had a way about them to convey hope and faith through their five-minute interactions with people from all over the world despite the language barriers.” Read her story