Rue de Bac

Situated on a quiet side-street in central Paris, close to the world famous landmarks, is one of France’s most famous and honoured church’s; the Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Located in the middle of the City, thousands of pilgrims from across the world come on pilgrimage to this humble place, home of the revered medallion. Here one finds silence and recollection, fervour, trust and gratitude.

The story of the Miraculous Medal began through a number of Apparitions to a young French nun named Catherine Labouré. Aged 24, Catherine entered the Seminary at the Motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity on Rue du Bac. It was here in the Chapel that the Blessed Virgin appeared to her several months later, the first time on 19 July 1830, to tell her about a mission confided to her, the second time the following November 27, to show her the medal that Sister Catherine was asked to have made.

The following year, having completed her Seminary, Sister Catherine was sent to Reuilly, at that time a very poor neighbourhood in the south-east of Paris. She would serve the elderly there until the end of her life, keeping her secret to herself, while devotion to the medal spread throughout the world. Catherine Labouré died in peace on New Year’s Eve 1876.

In 1933, at the time of her beatification, the vault where she was buried at the chapel in Reuilly was opened. The body of Catherine was found to be incorrupt and was transferred to the Chapel at Rue du Bac and placed under the altar of Our Lady of the Globe, where today, pilgrim can view St Catherine’s mortal remains.

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All groups that visit Rue de Bac will have an opportunity to attend Mass in either the Church of the Miraculous Medal or the Church of St Vincent de Paul.

Depending on the length of our stay in Paris, groups will have an opportunity to explore the City centre on foot by visiting either Notre Dame Cathedral or the Sacré-Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart).