In the French town of Lourdes, in 1858, Mary appeared to 14-year-old Bernadette. She wore a beautiful white dress and blue sash with yellow roses at her feet. Bernadette hurried home to share what she had seen, but was rebuked for lying. So, Mary revealed to Bernadette “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Many healings and miracles followed. Today, Lourdes is one of the most visited pilgrimage destinations in the world.
Feast Day: April 16
Patronage: France, Healing, Illness, People Who Are Ridiculed