Vespers at Lourdes is a substantial encounter with the Living God–experienced primarily in Eucharistic adoration, chanted psalms, and profound silence – supplemented by intellectual formation and fraternal merrymaking that is worthy of the demanding schedule of thriving young professionals of the Twin Cities. We offer a solemn, authentic, and professional environment for young Catholics to grow in Faith and Fellowship.
We are excited to kick off our spring semester of Vespers by welcoming back our esteemed guest, Archbishop Hebda! Since joining the Archdiocese of Minneapolis St. Paul in 2016, His Excellency has been an ardent supporter of Vespers at Lourdes, and we are blessed that he is able to join us for our February 11th event.
Please sign up ahead of time to reserve your spot
Confessions will be available beginning at 6:30 PM outside the parish office (please line up on the main church steps to await your turn). Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and solemn vespers will begin at 7:00 PM led by Archbishop Hebda, who will also share a sermon. While no formal social gathering is scheduled, fellowship is encouraged for those interested. A group will be headed to Pryes Brewery following the event.
Archbishop Hebda hails originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, attended Harvard University for his undergraduate degree in Political Science, and later earned a law degree from Columbia University. His esteem and admiration for young adults stems from receiving his own vocation, a call to the priesthood, during his young adult years.
Business casual dress is kindly requested. Attendees should be aged 21-35 years. Attendance is free of charge, but a $5 donation is encouraged to help offset our costs and ensure future events.
Most Recent Podcast
The talk from last month published after every Vespers on Spotify.
About Vespers at Lourdes
Vespers at Lourdes provides a place for solemn evening prayer, Adoration, reflection, and fellowship for the young professional Catholic in the Twin Cities. Our talks feature Catholic leaders from all backgrounds, careers, and experiences in the Twin Cities.
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Our Lady of Lourdes in NE Minneapolis. Adoration, night prayer, and confessions start in the main body of the church, with fellowship and a reflection in the gathering space in the basement.
The Vespers at Lourdes planning committee kindly requests that all attendees be 21 years of age or older. Expected dress is business casual.
We invite you to contact our event coordinators with any specific questions.
7:00pm - Confessions begin
7:30pm - Chanted Evening Prayer
8:30pm - Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, fellowship, and presentation*
* During the summer, we don't have a speaker. Instead we go to a local bar or restaurant for fellowship
Parking in Northeast can be a little tricky. We offer 2 hour vouchers for the parking ramp that is immediately to the east of Lourdes. You can also park on the street, but please remember your meter!
The History of Vespers at Lourdes
Vespers has been able to continue for many years due to a major outpouring of grace by the Holy Spirit, the support of Our Lady of Lourdes, and the efforts of many dedicated men and women. If you are interested in getting involved in helping plan Vespers or want to sign in the choir, please contact us.
In an order to respond to the call to evangelize both those in and out of the Church, a group of young professionals in Minneapolis gathered together at Our Lady of Lourdes parish. This young adults group knew first and foremost that in the chaos of our world’s technology and advertisements surrounding us at every turn, an organized opportunity to gather as a group in silence to pray was of immense importance. Secondly, recognizing that if the faith is to be something more than an emotional feeling that is communicated to others, it needs to be rooted in the mind.
This night needed to be a substantial encounter with Truth that is worthy of the precious time of a young adult who is pressed with the commitments of work and family.
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Vespers at Lourdes is free to attend, but there are still costs associated with putting on this event all year round. To help ensure future events, please consider donating to support our mission!
You can donate in cash or via credit card at the event or you can donate (one time or monthly) through the Lourdes website.
All funds are processed through Our Lady of Lourds (a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID 41-0789401)