June 1

Consolatrix Afflictorum, Kevelaer, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

For three days at Christmastime, 1641, when praying at a roadside cross, peddler Hendrik Busman heard a voice: "Build me a chapel on this spot." With his pastor, John Schink, he began the building. At Eastertime, his wife, Mechel Schouse, had a vision of an illuminated chapel containing an engraving of Our Lady of Luxembourg, Comforter of the Afflicted, which two soldiers had recently offered at a price she thought too high. Meanwhile, the night watchman saw a light coming from the Busmans' house. Mechel tracked down the engraving and bought it. On Sunday, June 1, 1642, the chapel was finished and Fr. Schink installed the picture there. Pilgrimages and cures multiplied. During World War II, the image was hidden. Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted (Trösterin der Betrübten), was declared Patroness of Kevelaer on May 31, 2000. Her main pilgrimage day is August 15, the Feast of the Assumption.

Also celebrated this date:

Notre-Dame de la Paix, Maria-Tâw, Kopèr, Burkina Faso (Our Lady of Peace). Church founded, 1956. Patronal feast January 1.
Entrance into Egypt and Appearance of the Virgin, Cairo, Egypt, St. Sergius Church
Madonna delle Grazie, Leini, Torino, Piedmont, Italy. Apparition to deaf mute announcing end of plague, 1630.
Madonna della Grandine, Cantalice, Rieti, Latium, Italy (Madonna of the Hail)
Madonna di Castelluccio, Castel Sant'Elia, Viterbo, Latium, Italy


Madonna dei Fiori, Circello, Benevento, Campania, Italy (Our Lady of the Flowers)
Our Lady of Lourdes, Turzovka, Slovakia. Apparition, 1958.
Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Villadoz, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. Romería.
Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Cuenca, Castilla La Mancha, Spain (Our Lady of Light). Town's patronal fiesta; statue crowned, 1950.
Nuestra Señora de la Luz en su Soledad, Murcia, Murcia, Spain (Our Lady of Light in her Grief). Feast. Processes Holy Saturday.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly