June 22

Madonna Ta' Pinu, Gharb, Gozo, Malta

"Ta' Pinu" means "Philip's," a reference to Pinu Gauchi, who financed restoration of the country chapel and in 1619 commissioned its altarpiece, a painting of the Assumption by Amadeo Perugino. The chapel was again in disrepair by June 22, 1883, when Karmela Grima, 40, heard a woman's voice coming from it on her way home from the nearby fields: "Come, because it will be another year before you will be able to return." After Karmela knelt to pray in the chapel, the voice said, "Recite three Hail Marys in honor of the three days my body remained in the tomb" (before being assumed into heaven). Very soon the pious woman fell ill, remaining bedridden over a year without telling anyone about the voice. In 1885, she told a friend, Francesco Pinelli, who revealed that about the same time he also had heard a woman's voice, asking for devotion to the "hidden wound" of her Son from carrying the cross. When Francesco's mother was miraculously healed after praying to Our Lady of Ta Pinu, the isolated chapel began attracting pilgrims. Soon a better building was needed. A new church, begun in 1920, was finally consecrated in 1932. Still a place of pilgrimage, its major festival is the Assumption, August 15.

Also celebrated this date:

bulletNotre Dame du Cap, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Québec, Canada. Church dedicated & eyes moved, 1888; feast Aug. 15.
bulletPanna Maria Svatohorská, Príbram, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic (Virgin Mary of the Holy Mountain). Statue crowned, 1732; pilgrimage 3rd Sun. after Pentecost.
bulletMatka Boża Bolesna, Limanowa, Malopolskie, Poland (Sorrowful Mother of God). Karol Wojtyla crowned this late 1300s pieta statue twice: Sept. 11, 1966, as Archbishop of Cracow, and June 22, 1983, as Pope John Paul II.
bulletNuestra Señora de las Nieves, Santa Cruz, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain (Our Lady of the Snows). Statue crowned, 1930. Feast Aug. 5.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly