July 26

Madonna del Faggio, Castelluccio, Bologna,
Emilia Romagna, Italy

The story goes that in 1672 the Blessed Virgin told a shepherd boy that she wished to be venerated at a certain place in the beech woods near Castelluccio in central Italy, whereupon the child discovered a terracotta Madonna affixed to one of the trees there. The 7" Madonna of the Beech was moved to a wayside shrine, and then, in 1722, to its own mountain sanctuary. Until 1964 a caretaker lived in the hermitage there. Since then a volunteer opens the chapel only in summer on Sundays. In 1975 the sacred image was stolen and replaced with a copy. Since 1756, an annual pilgrimage on Ascension Day brings the image to the town and back again, and on St. Anne's day, July 26, a procession goes to the site of the beech tree, recently fallen. The sanctuary's holy card (from its website, www.prolocoilfaggio.org) doesn't seem to depict the terracotta image. It may represent one of the paintings of Lorenzo Pranzini, who decorated the interior of the chapel in the 1800s.  

Also celebrated this date:

bulletMemorial of Saints Anne and Joachim, Mary's parents, Roman Catholic Church
bulletNotre-Dame, Bécherel, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France. New church blessed, 1871. Major procession Aug. 15.
bulletNotre-Dame des Gardes, Saint-Georges-des-Gardes, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de la Loire, France. Statue inaugurated, 1838. Pilgrimage Sept. 8.
bulletMadonna della Losa, Gravere, Torino, Piedmont, Italy
bulletMadonna di Sant'Anna, Borgo Tossignano, Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy, Codrignano district (formerly). Festa now last Sunday in July.
bulletMadonna della Lobra, Massa Lubrense, Napoli, Campania, Italy. First stone of new church placed, 1526; consecrated 1758. Festa August 15.
bulletMadonna di Condoleo, Scandale, Crotone, Calabria, Italy. Painting crowned, 1987. Festa last Sunday in July to first Sunday in August.
bulletNotre-Dame des Mineurs, Kayl, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Statue crowned, 1953. Pilgrimage mid-September.
bulletOnze Lieve Vrouw van Lourdes, Merkelbeek, Brunssum, Limburg, Netherlands. Grotto blessed, 1887.
bulletMaria-End, Einsiedeln, Schwyz, Switzerland. Chapel on Chatzenstrick Pass on pilgrimage route dedicated on St. Anne's day, 1862.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly