Saint Bernadette Facts
* Born on January 7, 1844 to Louise and Francoise Soubirous
* Baptized Marie Bernarde Soubirous on January 9, 1844
* Bernadette sent to live with Marie Lagues, her nanny
for 18 months.
* Francois brought Bernadette home in 1846.
* Francois blinded in one eye in 1849.
* Bernadette's brother, Jean-Marie died in 1851.
* Francois' sold his mill in 1852.
* Cholera epidemic left St. Bernadette with chronic
asthma in 1855.
* In 1856, St. Bernadette and her family were evicted
from their home.
* Francois was arrested and imprisoned for stealing
* St. Bernadette went to Bartres to work as a shepherdess
for Marie Lagues.
* Bernadette returned to Lourdes in 1858 and her first
apparitions of the Blessed Virgin begin.
* St. Bernadette attended the school run by the Sisters
of Charity of Nevers.
* July 7, 1866, St. Bernadette enters Saint Gildard's
Convent where the mistress of the new sisters treated
* July 29, 1866, St. Bernadette became gravely ill.
She was allowed to take her vows but the next day she
recovered from her illness.
* St. Bernadette renewed her vows on Oct. 30, 1867.
* St. Bernadette worked as a nurse in the Military Hospital
during the war with Prussia in 1870.
* St. Bernadette became ill in 1873 and received Extreme
Unction for the third time and she recovered.
* St. Bernadette suffered another relapse in 1875 and
remained an invalid.
* St. Bernadette suffered for two years and on April
16, 1879, she made her confession, made the sign of
the cross, and died.
Prayer to Saint Bernadette
O Saint Bernadette, who, as a meek and pure child,
did eighteen times at Lourdes contemplate the beauty
of the Immaculate Mother of God and received her messages,
and who afterwards wished to hide yourself from the
world in the convent of Nevers, and to offer thyself
there as a victim for the conversion of sinners, obtain
for us the grace of purity, simplicity and mortification
that we also may attain to the vision of God and of
Mary in Heaven. Amen.
Catholics around the world recite the prayer to Saint
Bernadette in veneration of the young girl and sister
who spoke to the Blessed
Virgin. They wear a St. Bernadette medal or a St.
Bernadette Pendant to remind them to pray to St. Bernadette
asking her to intercede with the Blessed Virgin for
mercy and grace.