Dr. de Franciscis is the President of the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations,or the Bureau des Constatations Medicales. The Bureau was founded in 1883 to record, study and judge the healings and cures reported by pilgrims at the Shrine of Lourdes. 7,000 cases of unexplained cures have been recorded, and a total of 69 cures related to Lourdes have been declared Miracles. The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is where Mary the mother of Jesus appeared in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. Since then, pilgrims have come to the sancturary to drink from and bathe in the sacred springs.
Dr. de Franciscis will be talking about the ministry of healing and whole-person care on November 12th, Noon to 1:30pm, in the Braun Room.