Healing Pilgrimage to France

with Heather Khym, Jake Khym, and Fr. Nathan Malavolti, TOR

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Explore France’s beautiful Catholic Shrines and experience the healing the Lord has in store for you at these holy places. From small villages in the South of France to Paris, one of the greatest cities in the world, France is sure to take your breath away. On this Pilgrimage you will see magnificent Shrines and Churches and learn of the lives of; St. Bernadette, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Veronica and Zaccheus, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Catherine Labourne. Don’t miss this chance to find peace amidst your struggles alongside our beloved friar Fr. Nathan Malavolti, TOR, Jake and Heather Khym, a married couple who facilitates God’s continual work of healing.

Along with the life of St. Bernadette, you will be able to take a closer look into the life of St. Theresa of Lisieux (The Little Flower) and her Family. The spread of devotion for her is one of the most impressive religious manifestations of our time. Like St. Teresa of Avila, they both endured severe physical sufferings, both had the capacity for intense religious experience, and both led lives made radiant by the love of Christ. Her parents, Saint Louis and Zelie Martin, became the first married couple that were canonized. 


Itinerary for Healing Pilgrimage to France

Subject to change

Saturday, May 11

Depart for Lourdes

Sunday, May 12

Arrive in Lourdes

  • Rosary and candlelight procession

Monday, May 13


  • Mass at the Grotto
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Boly Mill, the birthplace of St. Bernadette
  • The “Cachot” where St. Bernadette’s family lived
  • Rosary and candlelight procession

Tuesday, May 14

Toulouse & Rocamadour

  • St. Sernin Basilica, the burial place of St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday, May 15

Rocamadour, Paray Le Monial

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Rocamadour

Thursday, May 16

Paray Le Monial, Nevers

  • Chapel of the Visitation
  • Loire Valley
  • Convent of Saint Gildard

Friday, May 17

Chartes, Lisieux

  • Cathedral Notre Dame

Saturday, May 18

Lisieux, Paris

  • Basilica of St. Therese
  • Les Buissonets, St. Therese’s family home
  • The Cathedral of St. Peter
  • The Carmelite Convent where St. Therese is entombed with her parents

Sunday, May 19


  • Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Church
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • Invalides
  • L’Arch de Triomphe
  • Champ-Elysees
  • La Madeleine

Monday, May 20

Return Home

Franciscan Univeristy has partnered with 206 Tours to journey with you on this pilgrimage.

Heather Khym

Heather is an established speaker and worship leader with over 25 years of experience. She attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where she studied Theology and Catechetics and met her husband, Jake. Currently, Heather speaks on a variety of topics, leads conferences, retreats, women’s ministry and has a podcast called Abiding Together. Her passion is in evangelization, discipleship, and creating an environment for people to have a personal encounter with God. They live in British Columbia with their youngest teen daughter. Their oldest daughter works for Renewal Ministries and their son is attending Franciscan University. 

Jake Khym

Jake has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Catechetics. Jake has worked in various settings for over 20 years including adult faith formation, seminarian and priestly formation, diocesan evangelization, catechesis, RCIA, retreat ministry, and he ran his own private counseling practice for over 10 years. Currently, Jake teaches at the Seminary of Christ the King offering human and pastoral formation to the seminarians in the Archdiocese of Vancouver, is a consultant to Dioceses and ministries, offers an annual Men’s Retreat in British Columbia and accompanies male leaders on their journey of faith. Jake also offers inspiring workshops and retreats on a variety of topics.

Fr. Nathan Malavolti, TOR

Fr. Nathan Malavolti, TOR, serves in Gaming, Austria, with Franciscan University’s study abroad program. He completed his PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1986. After working as a research chemist, he discerned a call to the priesthood and the Third Order Regular Franciscans and was ordained in 2005. After eight years of serving on Franciscan’s Board of Advisors and teaching chemistry at St. Francis University in Loretto, PA, he came to Franciscan as vice president of Community Relations in August 2013. He then served as Chief Evangelization Officer until 2019. Between classes, office hours, and all his priestly duties, Fr. Nathan spreads God’s joy through his infectious smile and passion to live out his vocation in every aspect of his life.


About France

The country of France enjoys a rich history, notably marked by Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire, the French Renaissance, the French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte, and World War I and World War II. The 20th most populous country in the world, only about 50% of its people are Christian. Lourdes is located in southern France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains and has mild weather for most of the year. The city of Toulouse, also located in southern France, is home to the Basilica of St. Sernin, the largest remaining Romanesque building in Europe. On the north side of the country lie Lisieux and Chartes, two cities with great significance to Catholicism. The Cathedral of Chartes has been a site of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages, and each year, approximately 15,000 pilgrims walk from Notre Dame in Paris to Chartes, a 100 km journey.  

Our lives can become very busy. That busyness can overwhelm us, and often times, we need to intentionally set aside time to quiet our hearts and turn our attention to God.

On a Catholic pilgrimage, you will not only experience a silence and atmosphere helpful for prayer, but you will travel in community, guided by spiritual leaders and supported by fellow pilgrims.

We invite you to join the Franciscan University community as we embark on a pilgrimage of faith!


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