American pilgrimage to Canadian shrine comes to end after 95 years
STE. ANNE-DE-BEAUPRÉ, QUE. – Leonardo DiVittorio approached the statue of St. Anne and laid a wreath of flowers to mark the 95th and final pilgrimage by his group to the Basilica of Ste.-Anne-de-Beaupré.
The end of the Ahearn Memorial Pilgrimage, the oldest American pilgrimage to Canadian soil, is a “sign of the times” say organizers.
The pilgrimage’s importance to the shrine’s history is honoured in the basilica by a stained-glass window devoted to the founder of the group, Andrew Ahearn.
Following a workplace accident almost a century ago, the American from Springfield, Mass., was told by doctors he would be crippled for life.