April 16 Calendar of Saints


St. Bernadette Soubirous
Famed visionary of Lourdes.

Feast day: April 16

She was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. On February 11, 1858, she was granted a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a cave on the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. On February 25, a spring emerged from the cave and the waters were discovered to be of a miraculous nature. On March 25, Bernadette announced that the vision stated that she was the Immaculate Conception, and that a church should be erected on the site. She died on April 16,1879. Bernadette was beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1933 by Pope Pius XI.

From catholic.org