Nevers, France: Gildard Convent & Incorrupt Body of Saint Bernadette
About the Saint Gildard Convent in Nevers:
People who visit Lourdes are sometimes surprised (and disappointed) to learn that here in Nevers, and not in Lourdes, that you will find the incorrupt body of Saint Bernadette. St. Bernadette spent the last 9 years of her life in Saint Gilard’s convent here in Nevers.
Her body was found incorrupt when exhumed thirty years after her death, and again when exhumed a second time ten years later. The peace of Bernadette and her love of God is felt in this holy place. To see where she lived out the final days of her life here on earth and then view her incorrupt body is a special feeling that cannot be adequately described.
As you can see, you can easily approach the glass reliquary to view the incorrupt body of this famous Saint.
You can also spend some time in the beautiful grounds of the Convent where Saint Bernadette spent many hours in prayer and contemplation.
The Convent is open daily (usually closed from noon until 2:00 p.m.) and also has accommodations for up to 200 people for those wishing to stay longer than one day. In addition there is a cafeteria and gift shop.
Traveling to Nevers:
As mentioned above, Nevers is not in the same area as Lourdes, which makes it a bit difficult to include in a pilgrimage tour to Lourdes, although some tour companies do include it.
If you are planning to travel to Nevers from Lourdes, your journey will be about 8 hours each way, since you will need to travel to Paris and then change train stations to connect for the train to Nevers.
If you are traveling to Paris, then we recommend a day trip to Nevers. You can take direct trains from the Paris Bercy station and make the trip in about 2 hours. It is a fairly short walk from the train station to the convent. Be aware that there are several train stations in Paris, so be sure to check when making your travel plans. The convent in Nevers is about a 15 minute walk from the station. Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here.
Address: 34 Rue Saint-Gildard, 58000 Nevers
GPS coordinates: 46° 59′ 32.3160” N, 3° 9′ 9.0684” E
Tel: +33 03 86 68 46 25
email: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Gildard Convent in Nevers.
Note that there is a pilgrim house here, as their website states:
“Espace Bernadette is a house of welcome, reserved for pilgrims who wish to come either individually or in organized groups, as well as individuals wishing to make a retreat or just to come for some spiritual refreshment. It is not a hotel.” Note they specify you should not email both the convent and the retreat house or you will not receive a reply.