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Knights of Malta alumni travel to Lourdes

Front row (left-to-right): Paul H. Durnan ’63, Peter Fallon ’60, Hon. Richard Casey ’55 with guide-dog, “Coach,” Michael Mehr, M.D., ’55, Thomas Flynn, M.D., ’55. Rear row (left-to-right): William Picotte ’71, William Cousins, Jr., ’45, James Dawson ’52, Dudley Sanderson ’52, Pilgrimage Chairman Jack Pohrer ’62, William Moran ’58. Photo by John Bycraft P’95. Annually, thousands of knights and dames of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta make a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, where Mary is said to have appeared to Saint Bernadette Soubirous more than 140 years ago. Since 1858, thousands of medically unexplainable miracles have been recorded in Lourdes, a statistic that offers hope to the suffering and their loved ones. The Order of Malta is dedicated to the mission of charity towards the sick and the poor. Each member of the Order travels to Lourdes to assist the weak of body and spirit and offer their support and prayers.

This past May, a group of Holy Cross alumni, led by Malta chairman, Jack E. Pohrer ’62, and acting president of the American Association of the Knights and Dames of Malta, Hon. Richard C. Casey ’55, made the annual pilgrimage. Their group of alumni participants was larger than any other college present at Lourdes this year.

While in Lourdes, the knights and dames acted as volunteer hosts for hundreds of sick and disabled people. They participated in special Masses, prayer services and processions and took trips to healing baths.


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