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Born in Lourdes in 1844, Bernadette Soubirous was 14 when the Virgin Mary appeared to her at Massabielle Rock.
In 1866, in order to fulfill her desire for a religious life, Bernadette arrived in Saint-Gildard, Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Nevers whom she had known in the Lourdes Hospice where she had learned to read and write. _ Bernadette stayed there for 13 years. Her simple and ordinary life was completely given to God and others. On her death in 1879, her body was entombed in a chapel in the garden. Found intact, it has rested since 1925 in a shrine in the chapel. Thousands of visitors from all nations come to be close to Bernadette… she never stops saying:
"God is our Father, he has an infinite love for us..." The Bernadette Soubirous-Nevers Centre (EBSN) puts at your disposal meeting rooms including one with 120 places with simultaneous translation booths and audiovisual equipment, a reception area with international cable channels, places of silence and prayer.
The House has potential accommodation for 200, reserved for pilgrims and those on retreat, and dining rooms. A gite for young people can hold 30. (For rates, please consult us). Access for disabled persons.

Espace Bernadette Soubirous Nevers
34, rue Saint-Gildard – 58000 NEVERS.

Pilgrimage Management:

For further information and group enquiries, please contact us by e-mail:
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Pilgrims are welcome all year round.
Spiritual Centre: retreats and sessions are organised throughout the year. Programme from the Retreat Secretarial offices.
retraites@wanadoo.fr - tél. - Fax :
International Centre for Humanitarian Resources and Research: Forums, sessions are organised for those who work in the area of solidarity.
cirrh@wanadoo.fr – tél. - Fax

Opening hours:
From April to October: 7h - 12h30 and 13h30 - 19h30
From November to March: 7h30 - 12h and 14h - 18h (Sunday, open at 8h).

Masses in French:
Weekdays: 8h and 11h30
Sundays and Holydays: 10h

Discover Bermandette:

A team of nuns and lay people are at the disposal of those who wish to walk in the steps of Bernadette, to discover through the significant places of her life, the gospel path that she suggests ("Walk in the steps of Bernadette", individual or group spiritual encounter).
Access offered in several languages:
Museum, audiovisual.
Official site: www.sainte-bernadette-nevers.com

Main events:
- 11th February: 1st apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette
- 18th February: feast of St. Bernadette
- 16th April: anniversary of the death of Bernadette
- 8th December: feast of the Immaculate Conception, anniversary of the canonisation of Bernadette.

The Association of the Shrine Towns in France unites the shrine towns and the tourist offices in one common objective: to continually improve the visitors’ experiences, whether tourists wishing to explore the area or pilgrims in search of spirituality the association is ready to help you organise your stay in the Shrine towns of France.