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.
The next Vespers at Lourdes will be on Thursday, December 12! We'll be joined by Dr. Dale Ahlquist
Dale Ahlquist is President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, creator and host of the EWTN series “G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense,” and Publisher of Gilbert Magazine. He is the author of five books, and has edited eleven. He is a Senior Fellow of the Chesterton Library at London, and has been called “probably the greatest living authority on the life and work of G.K. Chesterton.”
Dale has given more than 600 lectures at universities, conferences, and other institutions, including Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Notre Dame, Oxford, the Vatican Forum in Rome, and the House of Lords in London.
He is also the co-founder of Chesterton Academy, a classical high school in Hopkins, Minnesota, which is the flagship of the Chesterton Schools network, which now includes 21 high schools in the U.S., Canada and Italy.
He and his wife Laura have six children.
“Ahlquist on Chesterton is like Plato on Socrates, or Boswell on Johnson.” New Oxford Review.
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)