Joan Frawley Desmond

Joan Frawley Desmond

Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California.

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Pilgrims seek healing and peace at Lourdes. The Church commemorates Our Lady of Lourdes each Feb. 11, which is also observed as World Day of the Sick.

Composer Frank LaRocca Discusses His Latest Composition, ‘Messe des Malades’

The Mass setting, which honors Our Lady of Lourdes, will be inaugurated Feb. 11 at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, and air on EWTN. Composer Frank La Rocca notes that this new Mass ‘honors those who suffer indignity with their illnesses and yet, through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, still maintain their faith in God’s providence.’