February 14, 2020

See miracle sites, holy relics and Eastern Canadian shrines on pilgrimage with Archbishop Thompson

Notre Dame Basilica is located in the historic district of Old Montreal. The parish was founded in 1672, and the current structure was completed in 1829. The interior is known for its exemplary Gothic Revival style, rich colors, wooden sculptures and an 1891 Casavant Frères pipe organ with four keyboards, 92 stops and 7,000 pipes. The church was raised to basilica status by St. John Paul II in 1982. Archbishop Charles C. Thompson will offer a private Mass for the pilgrims here. (Photo courtesy of Montreal Tourist Bureau)

Notre Dame Basilica is located in the historic district of Old Montreal. The parish was founded in 1672, and the current structure was completed in 1829. The interior is known for its exemplary Gothic Revival style, rich colors, wooden sculptures and an 1891 Casavant Frères pipe organ with four keyboards, 92 stops and 7,000 pipes. The church was raised to basilica status by St. John Paul II in 1982. Archbishop Charles C. Thompson will offer a private Mass for the pilgrims here. (Photo courtesy of Montreal Tourist Bureau)

By Natalie Hoefer

Canada might not be the first location that comes to mind when considering a pilgrimage. But to see—and worship in—shrines in Montreal and Quebec is to see the roots of Catholicism take hold and spread throughout North America beginning in the early 1600s.

A pilgrimage led by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson to the shrines of eastern Canada on July 15-21 will provide an opportunity to follow the origins of this trail.

Several of the shrines—many devoted to the Blessed Mother—where pilgrims will pray and participate in private Masses with the archbishop are known for miraculous healings. Many hold relics of popular saints, such as St. Anne—mother of the Virgin Mary—and the 20th-century healer St. André Bessette.

Pilgrims will visit other sites as well: natural “shrines” like Montmerency Falls; historic Old City Quebec founded in 1608, with its narrow, cobbled streets and buildings primarily from the 17th to 19th centuries providing old-world-Europe ambiance; a copper studio and museum where pieces decorating many of the shrines were created; and more—all enjoyed in regional temperatures averaging in the mid-70s to low-80s.

The deadline to register is March 31. The cost per person is $3,169 for double occupancy, or $3,925 for single occupancy.

For more information on what is included in the cost, to see the daily itinerary or to register, go to grueningertravelgroup.com/aoi2020, or contact Grueninger Travel at 317-581-1122 or info@grueningertours.com. Questions can also be directed to Rita Maguire, archdiocesan coordinator of special events, at 317-236-1428, 800-382-9836 ext. 1428 or rmaguire@archindy.org.


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