Monday after Pentecost

Marian calendar - May

Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, Popenguine, Mbour, Thiès, Senegal

In 1887, Bishop Mathurin Picarda visited the mission of the Holy Ghost Fathers in Guéréo, Senegal, for the baptism of its first Catholic converts. The priests took a walk along the coast to the village of Popenguine. "What a magnificent site for a sanctuary to the Virgin!" the bishop observed. A native of Brittany, he decided to designate a famous Black Virgin in the neighboring province of Normandy, Notre Dame de la Délivrande, as patron saint of the new shrine, altering her title from the cryptic Celtic Notre-Dame de la Delivrande to the French Délivrance. A Norman benefactor provided a replica statue, which Msgr. Picard blessed on May 22, 1888, the Tuesday after Pentecost, during the first pilgrimage to the shrine at Popenguine. The shrine at Popenguine suffered many closures and setbacks during the next century, involving building collapse, epidemics of yellow fever and sleeping sickness, the Great War, and a shipwreck that took the lives of the bishop and 16 missionaries. The area remained primarily Muslim, but the Catholic faith and devotion to Our Lady of Deliverance persisted. A new church was built, dedicated in 1988 to the Immaculate Conception of the Most Holy Virgin Mary and proclaimed a minor basilica in 1991 at the request of Cardinal Hyacinthe Thiamdoum, a native of Popenguine. Pope John Paul II visited the shrine and crowned the statue of Our Lady of Deliverance on February 20, 1992. Tens of thousands of pilgrims, many of them young people marching together, and many inspired by rumors of Marian apparitions there, go to Popenguine for an annual three-day celebration ending on Pentecost Monday, featuring solemn mass and a procession from the church to the Black Virgin's grotto shrine in the sea cliff.  

(Photo and information from the shrine's website, Sanctuaire de Poponguine,

Also commemorated this date:

Onze Lieve Vrouw, Kampenhout, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium. Eight-mile procession stops at eight chapels.
Notre-Dame du Try-au-Chêne, Genappe, Walloon Brabant, Wallonia, Belgium. Procession to rural chapel.
Notre Dame de Liesse, Liesse-Notre-Dame, Aisne, Picardy, France (Our Lady of Joy)
Notre-Dame, Villembray, Oise, Picardy, France. Also Sept. 8.
Notre-Dame de Liesse, Berneval-le-Grand, Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy, France. Pilgrimage, mass.
Notre-Dame de la Couture, Bernay, Eure, Upper Normandy, France (Our Lady of Cultivation)
Notre-Dame de Bonne Garde, Longpont-sur-Orge, Essonne, Île-de-France, France (Our Lady of Safekeeping)
Notre-Dame de Divers-Monts, Fumay, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France (Our Lady of Many Mountains)
Notre-Dame de Kerzéan, Plouescat, Finistère, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame de Champrond, Vinneuf, Yonne, Burgundy, France
Notre-Dame la Blanche, Faverney, Haute-Saône, Franche-Comté, France (White Lady)
Notre-Dame de l'Ermitage, Mièges, Jura, Franche-Comté, France (Our Lady of the Hermitage)
Notre-Dame de la Borne, Saint-Michel-de-Veisse, Creuse, Limousin, France
Notre Dame de la Paix, Saint Auvent, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France (Our Lady of Peace). Annual Big Pilgrimage.
Notre Dame du Rugby, Larrivière, Landes, Aquitaine, France
Notre-Dame de Haute Serre, Auzits, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France (Our Lady of the High Sierra). Processions, mass.
Notre Dame de Lapeyrouse, Lafrançaise, Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Notre Dame, Biran, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Sung mass.
Notre Dame de la Croix, Marciac, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Notre Dame de Bouit, Nogaro, Gers, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Notre-Dame du Bout-du-Puy, Valentine, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France. Also Easter Monday. Pietà.
Notre-Dame du Val-d'Amour, Bélesta, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Reine de la Paix, Marsan, Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées, France
Notre Dame des Auzils, Gruissan, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Also Easter Mon.
Notre-Dame des Abeilles, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (formerly)
Notre Dame du Coral, Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, Pyrénées-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Notre-Dame du Laus, Saint-Étienne-le-Laus, Hautes-Alpes, France
Notre-Dame de Vie, Vénasque, Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (Our Lady of Life)
Mariabuchen, Lohr, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany
All-Holy Revealed Lady, Lefkada, Ionian Islands, Greece
Madonna della Comuna, Ostiglia, Mantova, Lombardy, Italy
Madonna della Coraglia, Imola, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Madonna di Sant'Arcangelo, Trevi, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Madonna dell'Acqua Santa, Laureana Cilento, Salerno, Campania, Italy (Madonna of the Holy Water). Festa.
Madonna della Pace, Giugliano in Campania, Napoli, Campania, Italy (Madonna of Peace)
Madonna di Costantinopoli, Lungro, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
Madonna di Costantinopoli, Barile, Lucania, Basilicata, Italy
SS. Maria di Anzano, Anzano di Puglia, Foggia, Italy
Nossa Senhora de Vagos, Vagos, Aveiro, Centro, Portugal
Nossa Senhora dos Verdes, Mangualde, Viseu, Centro, Portugal, Abrunhosa-a-Velha district
Nosa Señora da Guía, San Paio de Carreira, Ribeira, Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Virgen de los Remedios, Encinedo, Léon, Castile and Léon, Spain, Forna district
Nuestra Señora del Desprecio, Martín Muñoz de las Posadas, Villa, Segovia, Castile and Léon, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Concha, La Hiniesta, Zamora, Castile and Léon, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Valdejimena, Horcajo Medianero, Salamanca, Castile and Léon, Spain. Romería.
La Concepción, Briones, La Rioja, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Ipas, Jaca, Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Minor fiesta.
Virgen de Rodanas, Épila, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Santísima Virgen de la Nuez, Santa María de la Nuez, Sobrarbe, Huesca, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de los Palacios, Aínsa, Sobrarbe, Huesca, Aragon, Spain
Santa María, Ribera de Cardós, Vall de Cardós, Pallars Sobirá, Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. Fiesta. Also Sept. 8.
Nuestra Señora del Rocío, Almonte, Huelva, Andalucía, Spain
Madonna delle Tre Fontane, Stelvio, Bolzano, Trentino-Alto-Adige, Switzerland (Madonna of Three Springs)

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly