February 12

Madonna Immacolata, Luzzi, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy 

The Immaculate Madonna was already venerated for her help during the 1656 plague and 1693 earthquake when Capuchin monk Antonio Collice carved her wooden statue in 1718. After the earthquake of February 12, 1854, she received the title Protector and Patron of Luzzi. During the centennial, the statue was crowned canonically November 17, 1954. The Immaculata's celebration there this day begins with mass and a street procession; then, after reading a decree verifying her miraculous assistance, the mayor hands candles to the parish priest. (Information from www.madonnadellasanita.it/italiano/link.htm, turismo.regione.calabria.it, and other sources; picture from xoomer.virgilio.it/luzzi.tebelucana.cal/luigi-migaldi.htm.)   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame, Argentré-du-Plessis, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France. Rebuilt church blessed, 1779.
bulletSainte Marie, Auch, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Cathedral dedicated, 1121 and 1548. Feast days Aug. 15 & Sept. 8.
bulletMadonna di Conche, San Costanzo, Brescia, Lombardia, Italy. Apparition, 1080.
bulletMadonna della Pecorella, Pedace, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. Earthquake, 1854.
bulletMadonna del Pilerio, Cosenza, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy. Earthquake, 1854.
bulletSanta Maria della Serra, Montalto Uffugo, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletNuestra Señora de la Monserrate, Hormigueros, Puerto Rico. 1700s statue crowned, 1995. Fiesta Sept. 8.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly