American pilgrimage to Canadian shrine comes to end after 95 years

Posted August 12, 2017 2:08 pm by Editor

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.

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