Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
During a smallpox epidemic, a copy of the Roman icon of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help was installed in St.
Francis' Church in the Bel Air district of Port-au-Prince
and processed to a hill to bless the suffering city below.
Haitians consider that day, February 5, 1882, to mark the end of the epidemic.
Lady of Perpetual Help (in Creole,
Nòtre Dam Pèpetyèl Sekou) became the official Patroness of Haiti
in 1942. In 2007, the Catholic Church there
celebrated the 125th anniversary of her miraculous intervention on February 5.
But not long after the Haitian Catholic Bishops' Conference designated the church in
Bel Air the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, it was destroyed in
the earthquake of January 12, 2010. The Catholic bishops of Haiti renewed the
consecration of their country to Our Lady of Perpetual Help on December 8, 2010.
Haiti also honors Our Lady of Perpetual Help on her Catholic feast day, June 27.
(Picture of Creole painting outside the chapel of Notre-Dame du Perpétuel
Secours in Bel Air from www.belairhaiti.net.)
Also commemorated this date:
|Madonna delle Grazie, Aprigliano, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy.
|Annunziata, Sant'Alessio in Aspromonte, Reggio Calabria, Calabria,
|Maria Santissima Mamma Nostra, Bivongi, Reggio Calabria, Calabria,
|Santa Maria de Poblet, Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia,
Spain. Monastery founded, 1153.|