Catholic pilgrimages to France reveal a county that was once known as the “Daughter of the Church” and has long been considered rich in devotion. In April of 2019, the world watched in stunned sadness as beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral caught on fire. Once the smoldering embers where final extinguished, a small band of parishioners carried a statue of Our Lady through the streets of Paris, reminding of that this is a city of both light and hope. As we travel south from Paris, we will reconnect with some familiar saints as we visit Joan of Arc in Orleans and tour the museum that explores her life. We will continue on to Nevers for a special visit to the Convent of St. Gilard, the resting place of St. Bernadette Soubirous, who received the apparitions of Our Lady at the Shrine in Lourdes. The fact that she rests in the convent chapel in a state freed from the marks of decay is considered a further mark of her purity. Our pilgrimage culminates in Lourdes and the place of where Our Lady appeared to Bernadette. The visits began on February 11,1858 and continued for a total of six days, with Mary appearing beside a rosebush at the entrance to the holy Grotto. It was at Mary’s prompting that Bernadette dug into the ground, unearthing a spring that flows to this day.