The Message of Lourdes
In the winter of 1858, a frail, illiterate peasant girl saw a radiant woman in a rocky alcove outside the village of Lourdes in France.
She didn’t know it then, but the heavenly visions in that little grotto would soon reverberate around the globe.
Within days of the first apparition, a miraculous spring burst forth. Healings abounded.
Within weeks, tens of thousands of onlookers descended upon this sleepy mountain hamlet. Millions more would follow.
What Really Happened?
You’ve heard of the apparitions. But did you know there’s more to the story?
Why did Our Lady come? What did she really say to Bernadette? What did she ask Bernadette to do? And what does all of it mean for you?
Most Catholics think they know about Lourdes, but what they’ve heard is a mere summary of events—and it misses out on crucial parts of the story.
Get the whole story.
Hear Our Lady’s words.
Bring the grace and power of Lourdes into your home.
In these 13 Sessions, you will:
- Discover the “true name” by which Our Lady identified herself (Sessions 7-8)
- Walk with St. Bernadette through the drama of each and every apparition (Sessions 5-6)
- Hear about the incredible (and proven!) miracles that have taken place at Lourdes (Session 12)
- Learn what Lourdes means for you (Session 13)
- And much more!
Father John Eckert
Fr. John Eckert is a priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. A cradle Catholic, he grew up surrounded by family, friends, and clergy who exemplified what it meant to truly live the Faith. This helped him discern his calling to the priesthood from a young age. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2004 with a degree in Political Science and Communication. He entered seminary soon afterwards, studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. In 2010, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Charlotte. He has served as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro and as pastor of St. John the Baptist in Tryon. He now serves as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, where he has been in residence since 2014.
Peter Gohn, a proud Irish Catholic and Massachusetts native, studied History and Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He then spent several years teaching at Christ the King Catholic High School near Charlotte, North Carolina, while also working as a freelance editor. He joined The Catholic Company in 2017 and became a key member of the Good Catholic project soon after it was launched. When not writing, Peter is likely to be found re-reading his many books, playing his piano, or watching Boston sports. His deep love of ancient and medieval history lends itself to unpacking the many rich traditions of our Catholic faith. He and his wife currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.