May 16

Unserer Lieben Frau im Nussbaum, Höchstberg, Gundelsheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

When the Catholics of Höchstberg village were planning to build a church, a shepherd reported that Mary appeared in a walnut tree near a rural chapel and told him she wanted the new church there, rather than in town. Disbelieving the old man, the townspeople proceeded to prepare the site in the village and brought in stone and wood for building. But after those heavy building materials moved from town to country three nights running--mysteriously, despite guards--people decided that the shepherd was right, and agreed to build the village church where Our Lady wanted it. Heaven's will seemed to be confirmed the day in 1698 when for 15 minutes residents watched twelve luminous beings process to to the old chapel near the walnut tree. The new church incorporating the chapel was consecrated on May 16, 1700. On Easter Monday, April 2, 1945, it burned down under American artillery fire. Rebuilt after the war, Our Lady of the Walnut remains a parish church and pilgrimage sanctuary. The main pilgrimage days are July 2, formerly the Feast of the Visitation, and the Friday following the public holiday of Ascension Thursday. 

Sources:

bulletShrine's website, www.hoechstberg.info (picture)
bullet "Myths & Legends Gundelsheim - Castles and palaces," Die Burgenstraße von West nach Ost, wir verbinden Europa, www.burgenstrasse.de

Also commemorated this date:

bulletHajósi Boldogasszony, Hajós, Bács-Kiskun, Hungary (Blessed Virgin of Hajós). Sun. after May 16, feast of St. John of Nepomuk.
bulletNostra Signora del Pilastrello, Lendinara, Rovigo, Veneto, Italy
bulletNostra Signora degli Angeli, Arcola, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy. Sculpture crowned, 1910.
bulletMadonna di Costantinopoli, Cersosimo, Potenza, Basilicata, Italy
bulletKrólowej Rodzin, Koscierzyna, Pomerania, Poland (Queen of Families). Icon crowned, 1998.
bulletNuestra Señora del Rosario, Burguillos, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain. Statue crowned, 2009. Romería 1st Sun. Oct.
bulletSvenskaya (Kiev Caves) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, Moscow, Russia (May 3 old calendar)
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly