Disclaimer Though these opportunities are extended to NACN-USA members — Please note that these are independent trips and are not sponsored by NACN-USA. Volunteers represent themselves and are not representing NACN-USA.
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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers
In Lourdes, European “Hospitalities” help travelers from their countries make pilgrimage to Lourdes.Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers (often referred to as Lourdes Volunteers) is the Hospitality in the Americas recognized by the Sanctuary at Lourdes. A non-profit charitable organization and a Public Association of the Christian Faithful (status under the Vatican), Lourdes Volunteers operates several pilgrimages to Lourdes each year, making it possible for hundreds of people to travel with us as pilgrims or volunteers. Welcomed are those healthy companions and medical professionals wishing to volunteer, those seeking healing (including those who cannot travel with many of the organized tour companies because of special travel needs), those university students wanting to make a difference in the world around them. All are welcomed. [Read more]
Special Needs Pilgrimages (June/October)
Medical & Leadership Meeting – Annually a weekend in February/March – North American Lourdes Volunteers holds a Medical & Leadership Meeting. This meeting provides an orientation and overview for medical professionals who may want to volunteer to accompany special needs pilgrimage to Lourdes. For more information: www.lourdesvolunteers.org
Warriors to Lourdes – A Pilgrimage for Military Personnel in conjunction with the Annual International Military Pilgrimage (PMI) to Lourdes France
Sponsored by the Archdiocese of the Military Services, USA and the Knights of Columbus, non-wounded, wounded, disabled or sick military personnel travel from the United States and Europe to Lourdes for a time of rest, prayer and participation in the International Military Pilgrimage. The 7-day retreat consists of a number of spiritual events, including special Masses, Eucharistic Procession and Benediction, a visit to the baths at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a candlelight vigil and a closing ceremony that draws tens of thousands of troops to the sacred shrine every year. The pilgrimage occurs in May each year and the deadline for application and payment is January 31st. Healthcare professionals are needed to assist. For more information email: Lourdes@KofC.org or visit Warriors To Lourdes Website
Annually Mid-May Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage- Annual International Military Pilgrimage
Family Missions Company
12624 Everglade Road
Abbeville, LA 70510
FMC’s primary mission is evangelization: to lovingly share Christ’s message of salvation, expecting nothing in return, while profoundly respecting the freedom and dignity of every person and culture. We do this through engagement and dialogue with those we serve. We live with them. We pray and study the Bible with them. We share Jesus with them and learn from them. We faithfully work to meet the material needs of those we serve. Our ministries provide children, the elderly, the infirm and imprisoned, the dispirited and the unemployed with home visits, food, education services, building projects and medical assistance.
International Missionary Foundation
P.O. Box 8, Greeley, CO 80632, 970-616-0411
The IMF is a Catholic non-profit organization dedicated to serving the suffering Christ in the poor while offering parishioners a spiritual immersion experience through Parish2Parish partnerships with developing nations.
Mustard Seed Communities mission in Kingston, Jamaica
Just over 50 Years ago the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church (Ad Gentes) proclaimed that, “The pilgrim Church on earth is missionary by its very nature,” resounding the call for all of us to be on mission. Pope Francis has said that “Those who follow Christ cannot fail to be missionaries…” and that we need to get out of the house…and go to the margins…and that “mission is a passion for Jesus and at the same time a passion for his people.”
In response to this call, YOU are invited to share your “passion for Jesus with some of his people” – some of our least brothers and sisters in Christ at the Mustard Seed Communities mission in Kingston, Jamaica – just as some of our NACN members did during the trip offered in 2016 (see NACN Summer 2016 Newsletter for details). The mission is home to hundreds of residents – from newborn to age 40 – who are vulnerable and marginalized – who have been abandoned by society. Mustard Seed Communities residents are those with various disabilities and conditions, some of which include profound birth defects, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, cystic fibrosis, HIV, mental and behavioral health disorders, along with pregnant teen girls who have been victimized.
If you feel the call to expand your horizons, have wondered what it would be like to go on a mission trip and serve those living in impoverished conditions in a developing country, or just want to see what the Lord may do in your life as “the hands of Christ” to “his people” – get out of your comfort zone and come experience being missionary!
Ask if God is calling you…then contact Cheryl Hettman firstname.lastname@example.org
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Lay Mission Helpers
Nursing, an international language of love.
Be part of a Catholic program with a 60 year history of preparing, sending and supporting Catholic healthcare professional for service around the world. Caring for patients in small rural clinics, teaching in nursing schools, providing care at hospitals, Lay Mission-Helpers has sent and supported single people, married couples and families who share their gifts and live their faith since 1955.
Today, nurses are among the most often requested professions, yet our nurses are appreciated for more than what they offer in the way of direct patient care and teaching. Motivated by their faith, we are told by the Bishops, the students, the administrators and the patients that it is their faith and motivation that sets them apart.
Lay Mission-Helpers provides a formation program to help prepare our candidates for the challenges of living and working in another culture. Visit www.LayMissionHelpers.org to learn more about opportunities.
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