marian calendar     april

Easter Monday

Notre-Dame de Vie, Venasque, Carpentras, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

In the 500s, with Rome and its provinces suffering decline and barbarian threat, Siffrein, Bishop of Carpentras in southern France, retreated to the hills of Venasque, where he built two churches and a baptistery and, in the valley, a chapel dedicated to the Mother of Life. This soon became a place of pilgrimage, particularly known for resuscitations of babies who died unbaptised. In the 1600s, the Minims, of the Order of St. Francis, settled there to manage the shrine and host its pilgrims. They built the present building complex and sanctuary. A century later, the Revolutionary government sold the buildings as a public asset to private owners. In 1920, a third-order Carmelite, Mme. Lemaire, bought the property, and in 1932, Father Marie-Eugène de l'Enfant-Jésus, OCD, started the Institute of Our Lady of Life therea Carmelite Secular Institute for laypeople and priests, who take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience while remaining active in their workplaces and parishes. In 1957, Father Marie-Eugène established Easter Mondaythe day after Christians celebrate her son Jesus' return to life and promise of life eternalas the Feast of Our Lady of Life. (Information from the Institute and Sanctuary's site, Picture from "Institut Notre-Dame de Vie," Le Carmel en France,,569.html.)

Also commemorated this date:

Svetište Majke Božje Odvjetnice Hrvatske, Remete, Zagreb, Croatia (Holy Mother of God, Advocate of Croatia)
Notre Dame des Clefs, Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France (Our Lady of the Keys)
Notre-Dame de Perros-Hamon, Ploubazlanec, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame-de-Beauregard, Orgon, Bouches du Rhône, France
Notre Dame des Œufs, Gréoux-les-Bains, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Notre-Dame de Montaigu, Bargemon, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Madonna dei Campi, Landiona, Novara, Piedmont, Italy
Beata Vergine della Pallavicina, Izano, Cremona, Lombardy, Italy. Fair, Easter Sunday & Monday.
Madonna del Covolo, Crespano del Grappa, Treviso, Veneto, Italy
Nostra Signora dell'Ulivo, Brugnato, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy 
Madonna dei Bagni, Deruta, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Madonna dei Penitenti, Poggio S. Lorenzo, Rieti, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Casaprota, Rieti, Latium, Italy
Madonna della Grotta, Sacrofano, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna del Sorbo, Campagnano, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Camerata Nuova, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna della Capanna, Sperlonga, Latina, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Esperia, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Palagianello, Taranto, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna di Roio, Poggio di Roio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna della Libera, Rapino, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna dell'Arco, S. Anastasia, Napoli, Campania, Italy
Madonna Incoronata, Melito Irpino, Avellino, Campania, Italy 
Madonna del Lauro, Milici, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Madonna di Monte Oliveto, Pedace, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna del Pantano, San Giorgio Lucano, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Maria SS. dell'Annunziata, Baragiano, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
Maria SS. della Stella, Adelfia, Bari, Apulia, Italy
Santa Maria della Grotta, Modugno, Bari, Apulia, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Carosino, Taranto, Apulia, Italy
Madonna della Grazia, Laterza, Taranto, Apulia, Italy
Madonna di Montevergine, Arnesano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna di Costantinopoli, Cannole, Lecce, Apulia, Italy 
Madonna della Grottella, Copertino, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna degli Angeli, Corigliano d'Otranto, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna di Pasqua, Cutrofiano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Madonna della Pietà, Vernole, Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, Santa Comba, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Douro, Portugal (Our Lady of the Fields)
Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem, Constância, Lisbon, Portugal 
Nossa Senhora da Encarnação, Póvoa de Rio de Moinhos, Portugal (Our Lady of the Incarnation)
Nossa Senhora da Granja, Proença-a-Velha, Beira Baixa, Portugal (Our Lady of the Farm). Romaria. 
Nossa Senhora da Consolação, Salvaterra do Extremo, Beira Baixa, Portugal
Nossa Senhora da Enxaras, Campo Maior, Portalegre, Alto Alentejo, Portugal
Virxe de Chamorro, Ferrol, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Virxe do Monte, Camariñas, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Virgen de las Angustias, Cacabelos, León, Castile and León, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Alegría, Monzón, Huesca, Aragon, Spain 
Virgen del Pueyo, Barbastro, Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Rodanas, Épila, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Virgen del Cantal, Oliete, Teruel, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Verge del Vilar, Blanes, Girona, Catalonia, Spain
Mare de Déu de Joncadella, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Consolación, Miajadas, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora del Casar, Portaje, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Valdefuentes, Montehermoso, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Blanca, Pasarón de la Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería; fiesta Aug. 15
Nuestra Señora de Monfragüe, Torrejón el Rubio, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora del Prado, Casar de Cáceres, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora del Salor, Torrequemada, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta Sept. 8.
Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Arroyo de la Luz, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Light). Fiesta. 
Nuestra Señora de los Hitos, Jaraicejo, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería.
Nuestra Señora de la Estrella, Salvatierra de Santiago, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Romería. Fiesta Aug. 15.
Nuestra Señora de Sopetrán, Almoharín, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Nuestra Señora del Belén, Cañamero, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of Bethlehem)
Nuestra Señora de la Fuente Santa, Zorita, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Holy Fountain)
Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza, San Vicente de Alcántara, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Our Lady of the Head). Romería. 
Virgen de Piedra Escrita, La Serena, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain (Virgin of the Written Stone)
Virgen de Criptana, Campo de Criptana, Ciudad Real, Castilla La Mancha, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de la Encarnación, Casas de Ves, Albacete, Castile-La Mancha, Spain (Virgin of the Incarnation). Romería.
Virgen del Vallehermoso, El Viso, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de la Alegría, Villaralto, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain. Romería.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly