Pilgrimage - mission - immersion


Summer Backpacking
July 20 - Aug 16

Application Deadline May 1st

Open heaven

An annual conference for young adults, Open Heaven welcomes young people from France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Lebanon, and other countries. Spend your days in praise, prayer, liturgy, formation, recreation, and every night is a adoration vigil and testimony followed by hanging out. While the main language of the conference is French, Americans and other international groups often have someone translating for them. Open Heaven is often an experience of the Encounter the Universal Church and other young adults seeking the Lord in cultures that have their own unique challenges.


Spend a week in the beautiful town of Lourdes at a hostel within walking distance from the shrine. Pray at the grotto and the basilicas around. Take a tour around Lourdes, visiting the homes of St. Bernadette and the parish church where she was baptized. Spend some time serving at the shrine.

community houses

Take time for God entering into the daily rhythm of Community of the Beatitudes Houses all over France. Praying with the community throughout the day, enter into work in the kitchen, garden, laundry room or elsewhere around the monastery and learn about the beauty of manual work, community time, and simplicity of life.

  • July 20 - Aug 16

  • $1350 + airfare to Paris ($550-$1100)

  • A week in Lourdes

  • A week at Open Heaven Aug 9-14, 2022

  • Full Vaccination required

Summer Backpacking 2022

Don't know how to pay? 
Apply, then email us about scholarship!

The Community of the Beatitudes

in France