June 4

Madonna del Bocco, Casanova Sinistra, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy

On June 4, 1947, at the age of seven, Angela Volpini was sitting on the ground making bouquets while herding cattle in a remote wooded location, when she felt someone lift her up from behind. She turned around to see a sweetly beautiful stranger, who said, "I have come to teach you the way of happiness on earth." Angela identified the visitor as the Madonna, and saw her again, at the same spot, on the fourth of each month until June 4, 1956. In 1957, the bishop authorized a church at the apparition site of Il Bocco, designed with space for communal activities. Above the altar is a painting of the Madonna as Angela saw her, in a white veil, blue mantle, and pink robe, with a rosary over her right arm, her hands gesturing delicately, as if in communication. From the Madonna's inspiring messages, the seer envisioned a world where people could live together in love and joy. To this end she founded the New Cana Center in 1958. The shrine celebrates the apparition anniversary on June 2. Information and picture from the seer's website, www.angelavolpini.it/.   

Also celebrated this date:

bulletVirgen María Sembradora, Hurlingham, Buenos Aires, Argentina
bulletMatka Boska Łąkowska, Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, Nowe Miasto, Warmia-Masuria, Poland. Statue crowned, 1752.
bulletMatka Boska Pięknej Miłości, Łomża, Podlasie, Poland (Blessed Mother of Beautiful Love). Icon crowned, 1991, by Pope John Paul II.
bulletMatka Boska Pokorna, Rudy, Kuźnia Raciborska, Racibórz, Silesia, Poland (Blessed Mother of Humility). 1400s icon crowned, 2000.
bulletMatka Boska Bogucka, Katowice, Silesia, Poland. 1400s icon crowned, 2000.
bulletMatka Boża Łaskawa, Wieliczka, Lesser Poland, Poland (Gracious Mother of God). Painting in Franciscan church crowned, 1996.
bulletMare de Déu de Riupedrós, Vilaller, Lérida, Catalonia, Spain. New chapel blessed, 1978.
bulletNuestra Señora de la Sierra, patron of Cabra, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain (Our Lady of the Mountains). Statue crowned, 2005; feast Sept. 8.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly