Located near Quebec City (just 20 miles east
of Quebec City), the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré (1658) is the
first place of pilgrimage in North America. It is dedicated to St. Anne
mother of Mary and grand mother of Jesus.
The basilica is also known as a place of miracles. One of the builders
of the original church, Louis Guimont, helped build the church despite
having severe scoliosis and needing the aid of a crutch. When the
church was complete, he was able to walk independently. Subsequent
visitors to the church who have prayed have left their canes, crutches
and walking aides behind as testament to their healing. The main wall
when you first walk into the basilica is now completely covered with
crutches. In 1876, Saint Anne was proclaimed the patron saint of
Basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupré also has the only copy of
Michelangelo's Pietà. The original is in the Vatican City.
I have come to honour you and to call upon you in this blessed Shrine
of Beaupré. Here, pilgrims have often felt some of the fruits of
your goodness, power, and intercession.
true pilgrim, I also have favours to ask of you. I know that you will
as good to me as you have been, in the past, to thousands of others who
have come to implore you in this Shrine.
you know the grace of which I stand most in need at the present moment,
the special favour for which I have undertaken this pilgrimage. Hear my
I entrust to
your care, all of my material and spiritual needs. I commend my family,
my country, the Church, and the whole world to you.
faithful to Christ and His Church and one day, escort me into the
Father’s Eternal Home.