June 24


Our Lady of the Fjords, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

On the feast of St. John Baptist, June 24, 1497, John Cabot "discovered" Newfoundland. In its major city, St. John's, the Catholic basilica is dedicated to John the Baptist. There, on June 23, 1905, the first Archbishop of Newfoundland, a St. John's native, was installed. The next day, an immense iceberg floated into the narrows off St. John's harbor, bearing a snow-white image of the Madonna hundreds of feet high. It sailed slowly down the coast, escorted by a growing flotilla of boats, to the amazement of crowds on shore. Equally amazing, to people who had never seen a camera, was T.B. Hayward's photograph of the iceberg (photo originally in The Newfoundland Quarterly, LXXXVI, no. 2. (1980) from Ray Voelker, Your Questions Answered, www.udayton.edu/mary/questions/yq/yq232.html). The new Archbishop wrote a sonnet to "Our Lady of the Fjords."   

Also celebrated this date:

Notre-Dame de Basse-Wavre, Wavre, Walloon Brabant, Belgium. "Grand Tour Procession" on following Sunday.
Notre-Dame de Toutes-Aides, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France. Statue crowned, 1883. Fête March 25.
Axion Estin Mother of God, Mt. Athos, Macedonia, Greece (June 11 Julian)
Madonna della Corona, Spiazzi, Verona, Veneto, Italy (Madonna of the Crown). Stone Pietà found glowing on cliff, 1522.
Madonna della Navicella, Chioggia, Venezia, Veneto, Italy (Madonna of the Little Ship). Apparition, 1508.
Santa Maria di Pietrarossa, Trevi, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Madonna della Rocca, Settingiano, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy. Relief icon crowned by John Paul II in Rome, 1987. Festa 1st Sun. Sept.
Madonna del Carmine, Bagnara Calabra, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy. Miraculous light & healings, 1500.
Madonna della Guardia, Messina, Messina, Sicily, Italy, Faro Superiore district. Sanctuary inaugurated, 1923.
Świętogórska Róża Duchowna, Gostyń, Gostyń, Greater Poland, Poland (Rose of the Church from Svetogorsk)
Virgen de la Blanca, Soria, Soria, Castile and León, Spain (Sunday following)
Notre-Dame de Lourdes, Montenol, Porrentruy, Jura, Switzerland. Chapel rededicated, 1881. Masses last two Fridays of May & June.
Notre-Dame, Payerne, Vaud, Switzerland. Church consecrated, 587.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly