Pilgrimage to St. Anne's Shrine celebrates 60th year

ISLE LAMOTTE, Vt. Knights of Columbus members from throughout northern New York will conduct their 60th annual pilgrimage to St. Annes Shrine on St. Anne's Road in Isle LaMotte this Sunday, July 20. Knights of Columbus State Deputy Edward Castellazzi will welcome the Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Ogdensburg, who will conduct the 12:15 p.m. Mass and join the Knights and their families for a picnic lunch. The Knights will participate in the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 p.m. Dannemora Knights of Columbus Council 2166 originated the pilgrimage as a council program in 1949. Interest in the day of prayer and fellowship gradually spread to neighboring councils. By 1959, the pilgrimage was sponsored by the statewide K of C organization. During the pilgrimages early years, Knights from several communities formed a caravan of cars that crossed the Rouses Point Bridge in a line that stretched for miles. People were attracted by a devotion to St. Anne, by the Masses and music and by the shrines setting on the shores of Lake Champlain. Dedicated to St. Anne, the mother of Mary, the shrines religious history dates to 1666, when the French erected a fort and chapel on the site. The chapel was blessed in 1893 and a statue of St. Anne was erected. Later, in 1893, nearly 2,000 people attended the shrines first organized pilgrimage with several people traveling to the pilgrimage by steamboat. Today, several people still travel to the shrine by boat. Those interested in participating may enjoy a lunch on the grounds or eat in the shrines modern cafeteria. For more information, call pilgrimage coordinator Peter Keenan at 643-9241.

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