Unity and Devotion: Hispanic Community Honors Our Lady of Lourdes at National Shrine

Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

By Fr. Salvador Gonzalez, OMI, Director, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

The people gather at the Shrine’s replica of Lourde’s Grotto. This one is two-thirds as large as the original grotto in France

On Sunday, February 11, 2014, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows witnessed a touching tribute from the Hispanic community on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Amidst the serene surroundings, guided by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, they gathered at the Lourdes Grotto to offer prayers for the sick. Sr. Marichui Bringas, CCVI, Director of Hispanic Ministry at the Shrine, organized the prayer service at the Grotto.

(L-R) Fr. Mark Dean, OMI, Sr. Marichui Bringas, CCVI, Fr. Salvador Gonzalez, OMI

Following Sunday Mass, the community processed to the Shrine’s Grotto, where they prayed the rosary in solidarity with pilgrims worldwide. Their devotion mirrored the Oblates’ longstanding reverence for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Lourdes Grotto. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have a special devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes and minister at various Grotto locations including the Lourdes Grotto in San Antonio and in France.

In this brief yet profound prayer service, the Hispanic faithful demonstrated unity, faith, and a deep commitment to intercede for the well-being of others. As they departed, their spirits uplifted, they left a lasting impression of devotion and unity at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.