Statue of Dominique Peyramale outside the Parish Church in Lourdes
Abbé Dominique Peyramale (9 January 1811 – 8 September 1877) was a Catholic priest in the town of Lourdes in France during the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes to the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. According to Bernadette, her visions occurred at the grotto of Massabielle, just outside of Lourdes.
Peyramale, under instructions from his bishop, Monsignor Laurence, never visited the grotto during any of the apparitions. He therefore never saw first-hand the effects that these apparitions produced in Bernadette and the onlookers. Nevertheless, he was deeply involved in the events, interviewing Bernadette on a number of occasions. Initially convinced he was dealing with a childish prank or hoax, Peyramale was eventually convinced that Bernadette's experiences were genuine.
Stained glass window in the Parish Church in Lourdes depicting an encounter between Peyramale and St. Bernadette. At the bottom of the image is the baptismal font where Bernadette was baptised.The stained glass is by Gabriel Loire.