April 28

Frau Stifterin, Ettal, Bavaria, Germany

After a protracted struggle with the Pope, Emperor Louis IV returned from Italy to Bavaria. The story goes that on the road to Augsburg, in the Graswang valley near Obberammergau, his horse genuflected three times, marking the spot where on April 28, 1330, he was to found Ettal Abbey -- a monastic complex housing Benedictine monks and nuns as well as Teutonic Knights. Louis donated to its church a marble statue of the Virgin he brought from Italy. The Founding Lady soon became an object of pilgrimage. After the original Gothic buildings burned in 1744, they were rebuilt in the Baroque style, with spectacular stucco ornamentation. One of many abbeys that closed during the secularization of Bavaria in 1803, Ettal returned to the Benedictine Order in 1900. In 1920, Pope Benedict XV named its church a Basilica Minor. (Information from en.wikipedia.org and the Abbey's site, www.kloster-ettal.de. Picture from Rex Temple, afghanistanmylasttour.com/2009/12/12/monastery-and-murals/)   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame des Sept-Douleurs, Belgium. Confraternity approved, 1519.
bulletNotre-Dame de l'Assomption, Pissila, Sanmatenga, Centre-Nord, Burkina Faso. Parish church consecrated, 1991.
bulletMadonna della Castagna, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Our Lady of the Chestnut). Apparition, 1310.
bulletIncoronata, Salcito, Campobasso, Molise, Italy (Crowned Lady)
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Castelvetere Sul Calore, Avellino, Campania, Italy

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly