Wakamne or Gods Lake by the Alexis
Nakota Sioux Nation who live on the
west end of the Lake and Manito Sahkahigan or Spirit Lake by the
Cree, Lac St. Anne is the site of the annual Lac St. Anne Pilgrimage,
one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America.
July 18, 2015 to Thursday, July 23, 2015
Note: Thursday Change: 10 am
Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of Edmonton
Anne Pilgrimage site
The pilgrimage to Lac Ste. Anne blends well with traditional Aboriginal spiritual beliefs and cultural practices. Aboriginal cultures have strong female figures and, generally speaking, grandmothers have a respected place within this society. As the grandmother of Christ, Saint Anne can be accepted into this tradition. The pilgrimage, which takes place on the week of her feast day, July 26, coincides with the time when traditional summer gatherings were held. The pilgrimage allows Aboriginal people to once again come together to visit, to share and to celebrate much as they did in the traditional summer gatherings. Today as many as 40,000 pilgrims make their way to the shores of Lac Ste. Anne. Many come in search of healing and spiritual renewal. This pilgrimage, has become the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada.
Where is the Lac St Anne Pilgrimage?
The pilgrimage site is located on
the shores of beautiful
Gathered in unity we, the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrims,
continue to celebrate this event which is a gift of God's blessing,
deeply rooted in Catholic Native tradition.
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