Saint Bernadette Soubirous House Intro

House Chairs

Mary Gerken

My name is Mary Gerken and I am a junior kinesiology major from Gainesville, Texas. I am so excited to meet you and have a chance to welcome you to Texas A&M and St. Mary’s!  After I graduate, I hope to go to PT school and become a physical therapist. My birthday is the shortest day of the year, December 21st. I love being outdoors, playing sports and spending time with friends. My hidden talent is winning every game of “Just Dance” ever (hmu if you’re up for the challenge). My favorite way to pray is adoration and reflecting on scripture.

Johnny Sentmanat

Howdy! My name is Johnny Sentmanat and I am a senior mechanical engineering major from Austin,- A WHOOP!  I am so excited to meet y’all and am pumped for the upcoming retreat! Here is a little information to get to know me better! I am nerdy and love everything there is to know about cars, airplanes, and anything mechanical! I LOVE to cook, especially for my friends. My favorite pastimes are watching Aggie football, chillin’ with friends and sketching. My friends call me bougie because I like to be fashionable, no matter the situation! My favorite way to pray is the rosary and is always a great start to my day!

About Saint Bernadette Soubirous:

St. Bernadette was born in Lourdes, France on January 7, 1844. She was the first of nine children in a very poor family. On February 11 1858, at the age of 14 Bernadette went to gather firewood with her younger sister when a beautiful woman appeared to her above a rose bush in a grotto called Massabielle. The woman was dressed in blue and white and held a rosary of ivory and gold. She was visible only to young Bernadette who described her as a “small young lady”. On February 18, Bernadette said that “the vision” asked her to return to the grotto each day for a fortnight. She did this, against her parents wishes, until February 25 when she claimed to have a life-changing vision. The woman appeared and told her “to drink of the water of the spring, to wash in it and to eat the herb that grew there” as an act of penance. She did this and the next day, the muddy water had been made clear and fresh clear water flowed. Since Bernadette first caused the spring to produce clean water, 69 cures have been verified by the Lourdes Medical Bureau with no scientific or medical explanation to be found. On March 25 during her sixteenth vision, Bernadette asked the woman her name three times. It was then that the woman finally answered and said “I am the Immaculate Conception”. Bernadette asked the local priest to build a chapel at the site of her visions. This chapel, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, is now one of the major Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. On July 29, 1866 Bernadette took the religious habit of a postulant and joined the Sisters of Charity at Nevers. She spent the rest of her life working as an infirmary assistant and later a sacristan. After being diagnosed with tuberculosis she died at the age of 35 on April 16, 1879 while praying the holy rosary. Her last words were “Blessed Mary, Mother of God, pray for me. A poor sinner, a poor sinner.”

Lauren Gulde