June 2

Immaculate Conception, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

In the first Atlanta Catholic Church, known simply by that name, hung a reproduction of Murillo's "Immaculate Conception." After the church was damaged in the Civil War, it was rebuilt. On September 1, 1869, Augustin Verot, Bishop of Savannah, blessed the cornerstone of the new Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was dedicated December 10, 1873. Renovated in the 1950s with new stained-glass windows donated by individuals and families, the church was rededicated June 2, 1954 as the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Atlanta Diocese. The window over the main altar (left) depicts the Immaculate Virgin standing on the crescent moon, her hands joined in prayer. The window over the church entrance reproduces Murillo's painting. (Photo and information from the Shrine's website, www.catholicshrineatlanta.org.)

Also celebrated this date:

bulletMuttergottes vom Hilgenberg, Stadtlohn, Borken, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
bulletMadonna della Guardia, Rocca Maja, Genova, Liguria, Italy. Procession, mass, music, and lunch of minestrone with hay noodles.
bulletMadonna delle Lacrime, Ponte Nossa, Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy (Madonna of the Tears). Painting wept blood during apparition, 1511.
bulletSanta Maria della Noce, Inverigo, Como, Lombardy, Italy (St. Mary of the Walnut). Chapel begun, 1519; feast Aug. 15.
bulletVergine Addolorata, Cesena, Forlì-Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Church altar consecrated, 1782. Festa Sept. 15.
bulletMadonna del Diluvio, Monterotondo, Roma, Latium, Italy (Madonna of the Deluge). Painting crowned June 2, 1765.
bulletKrásnobrodskej Bohorodicky, Krásny Brod, Medzilaborce, Prešov, Slovakia (Mother of God of Krásny Brod). New monastery with copy of miraculous icon dedicated June 2, 2002.
bulletVirgen de los Remedios, Meruelo, Cantabria, Spain. Apparition, 1629; romeria 1st Sat. in June; feast Sept. 8.
bulletVirgen de la Peña, Mijas, Málaga, Andalucia, Spain (Virgin of the Crag). Statue found June 2, 1586.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly