This pilgrimage is on the occasion of the jubilee year celebrating the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Québec, North America’s first Catholic parish north of the Spanish colonies.
The Holy See has granted the parish the special privilege of installing a Holy Door. This door—the first outside Europe and the only one in the Americas—will be the only Holy Door open in 2014.
For those interested in registering for a group pilgrimage or making a virtual visit to the cathedral, see the website: 350th anniversary of Notre Dame de Québec
|Interior of Notre-Dame de Québec,|
|Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec with Pope Francis |
receiving the red biretta in a consistory at St. Peter's Feb.22, 2014.
We have also planned a mini-retreat at St. Benoît-du- lac in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where our friend, and a prayer warrior for the Ordinariate, Father Charles "Chip" Gilman is a member of the community.
Fr. Chip is an American former Episcopalian priest who was received into full communion and became a member of the Benedictine community in St. Benoît some years ago. He was a congenial host when a number of us visited New York in the 1980s for Trinity Institute conferences. Fr. Chip and the sisters in the neighbouring convent pray for STM and the Ordinariate daily and we are very grateful to them.
|Vistas of St. Benoît du lac|
Last summer we spent time in Chateauguay, just south of Montreal where we paid several visits to the shrine of the newly canonized St. Kateri Tekakwitha (more about this on another posting). We noted a number of U.S. visitors and hope that visits to La Belle Province from south of the border increase now that St. Kateri is canonized - the first native North American woman to enter the universal canon of saints.
In Quebec City we hope to visit the tomb of Msgr. François de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec, whose cause for sainthood is proceeding. He was beatified in 1980. Again, more about him later as well.
Please let us know if you are planning a pilgrimage this summer.