First Sunday in September

Notre-Dame, Folgoët, Finistère, Brittany, France

Known as the "nut of the woods," St. Salaün lived in a forest clearing near a spring, over which he enjoyed hanging from an oak branch, immersed to his shoulders, singing "O Maria." He lived by begging: "Ave Maria! Salaün could sure eat some bread!" After he died in 1358, aged 48, in the woods near the spring people found a white lily with "Ave Maria" in gold lettering on its petals  — growing from the mouth of the dead fool buried beneath. The Basilica of Notre-Dame du Folgoët was begun on the spot in 1365, completed in 1419, and consecrated in 1423. Its main altar is over the spring, channeled into a basin outside behind the church. In 1888, a dark stone Virgin was crowned Our Lady of Folgoët, replacing a polychrome wood statue of 1650 which was moved to a side altar. The Black Virgin is standing, holding the Child with her left arm; both wear large crowns. Her back is flat; the statue may have been on the exterior of the church before the Revolution, when some statues were damaged and removed for safekeeping or repair. In the late 1500s, the big pilgrimage date was August 15, Feast of the Assumption. Three hundred years later, the celebration moved to September 8, Nativity of the Virgin. Since 1970 the Grand Pardon has been held the first weekend in September, with a succession of processions and masses in the Breton language. (Information and picture from the Basilica's former website, See also Société Archéologique du Finistère,, and the diocesan site,

Also celebrated this date:

Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Muxima, Bengo, Angola
Sedes Sapientiae, Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Flanders, Belgium (Seat of Wisdom). Former procession, St. Peter's Church.
Notre-Dame de Hal, Brussels, Belgium
Notre-Dame del Manock, Pont-de-Loup, Namur, Wallonia, Belgium
Notre Dame des Ermites, Cuves, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France (Our Lady of the Hermits)
Notre Dame de Penhors, Pouldreuzic, Finistère, Brittany, France
Notre Dame de Rocamadour, Camaret-sur-Mer, Finistère, Brittany, France. Pardon.
Notre-Dame du Chêne, Dolo, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France
Notre-Dame du Gavel, Plouézec, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany, France. Pardon.
Notre Dame du Coudray, Bain de Bretagne, Ile et Vilaine, Brittany, France. Pardon.
Notre-Dame des Gardes, Chemillé, Maine-et-Loire, Pays de Loire, France
Notre-Dame de Maison-Pré, La Pommeraie-sur-Sèvre, Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France (Sunday before Sept. 8)
Notre-Dame de la Salette, La Rabatellière, Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France. Annual pilgrimage to shrine complex; mass.
Sainte-Marie, Réaumur, Vendée, Pays de la Loire, France
Notre-Dame de Bethléem, Ferrières en Gâtinais, Loiret, Centre, France
Notre-Dame du Chêne, Vion, Sarthe, Anjou, France
Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, Le Puy, Roulans, Doubs, Franche Comté, France
Notre Dame de Lorette, Bellac, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France
Notre-Dame-de-la-Vie, Tarentaise, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France
Notre-Dame du Charmaix, Modane, Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France, Valfréjus district
Notre-Dame, Sarrance, Pyrenées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France
Notre-Dame de Lorette, Aillant-sur-Thonon, Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées, France (Sunday before Sept. 8)
Notre Dame de la Roque, Villeneuve, Alpes de Haute-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France
Notre-Dame, Bonson, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France
Maria im Grünen Tal, Zellingen, Main-Spessart, Bavaria, Germany, Retzbach district (Mary in the Green Valley)
Madonna della Vita, Crodo, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Italy, Mozzio district (Madonna of Life). Procession to shrine.
Madonna dei Martiri, Balangero, Torino, Piedmont, Italy
Madonna del Sasso, Boccioleto, Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy
Madonna della Cintura (Consolazione), Grossoto, Sondrio, Lombardy, Italy (Our Lady of the Belt)
Madonna della Bozzola, Garlasco, Pavia, Lombardy, Italy
Madonna di Porzus, Attimis, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Madonna Pellegrina, Coldirodi di Sanremo, Imperia, Liguria, Italy
Nostra Signora del Monte, San Fruttuoso, Genova, Liguria, Italy
Santa Maria del Monte, Nibbiano, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (St. Mary of the Mountain)
Madonna della Quercia, Bettola, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Madonna dell'Aiuto, Carpi, Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Beata Vergine del Salice, Alberone, Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Madonna del Popolo, Gatteo Mare, Forli-Cesena, Emilia Romagna, Italy (Our Lady of the People)
Madonna della Misericordia, Coriano, Rimini, Emilia Romagna, Italy (Madonna of Mercy)
Vergine del Carmine, Massa e Cozzile, Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy
Madonna del Bagno, Castel Focognano, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy
Nostra Signora dell'Umiltà, Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy (Our Lady of Humility)
Madonna del Santo Amore, Torre Alfina, Viterbo, Latium, Italy
Santissima Maria e San Rocco, Mandela, Roma, Latium, Italy
Santa Maria dei Fiorentini, Riofreddo, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna del Rifugio, Norma, Latina, Latium, Italy
Madonna del Castagno, Monte Compatri, Roma, Latium, Italy
Madonna della Pietà, Chiesa di S. Croce, Veroli, Frosinone, Latium, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Cerchio, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna dell'Arco, Navelli, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna di Loreto, Pacentro, L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Frisa, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Monteodorisio, Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Montefino, Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy
Madonna della Misericordia, Naples, Italy (Our Lady of Mercy)
Maria SS. della Vena, Piedimonte Etneo, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Maria SS. di Lourdes, Rodi Milici, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Madonna della Catena, Roccalumera, Messina, Sicily, Italy
Madonna Addolorata, Carlopoli, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Madonna della Catena, Bruzzano Zeffirio, Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy (Our Lady of the Chain)
Santa Maria la Beata, Stigliano, Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Stella Maris, Taranto, Taranto, Puglia, Italy (nautical procession)
Madonna dell'Uragano, Gagliano del Capo, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Cuore Immacolato di Maria, Galatina, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Madonna delle Grazie, Sanarica, Lecce, Puglia, Italy
Madonna dell'Altomare, Otranto, Lecce, Puglia, Italy. Festa.
Madonna tac-Cintura, Rabat, Malta (Our Lady of the Girdle)
Madonna tal-Karmnu, Xlendi, Gozo, Malta
Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Machico, Madeira, Algarve, Portugal (Our Lady of Mercy)
Nossa Senhora da Carvalha, Freixo de Numão, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Douro, Portugal
Nossa Senhora da Saúde, Sacavém, Loures, Lisboa, Portugal
Nossa Senhora do Desterro, Pontével, Cartaxo, Santarém, Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, Portugal
Virgen de Los Milagros, Caion, Laracha, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Virxe das Neves, Muros, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Virgen del Yugo, Arguedas, Navarre, Spain
Virgen de Cabañas, La Almunia de Doña Godina, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain
Virgen de Cilleruelos, Cuevas Labradas, Teruel, Aragón, Spain
Virgen del Cid, La Iglesuela del Cid, Teruel, Aragon, Spain
Virgen de Matute, Vegas de Matute, Segovia, Castile and Leon, Spain
Nuestra Señora de Gracia, Mansilla de las Mulas, León, Spain
Nuestra Señora la Virgen del Villar, Pradillo de Cameros, La Rioja, Spain
Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Virgen de La Soledad, Colmenarejo, Madrid, Spain. Romería.
Virgen de Belén, Palma del Río, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, Jimena de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain
Nuestra Señora de la Luz, Tarifa, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain
Virgen de Gracia, Guadix, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Madonna del Sasso, Locarno, Ticino, Switzerland

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly