September 10

Saint Mary at the Elms, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK

In 1538, agents of Henry VIII destroyed the ancient shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Ipswich and took its statue to London to be burned. But in 1550, some Englishmen en route to Naples took shelter from a storm at Nettuno, in Latium, and decided to give its people a wooden statue of the Madonna and Child they had with them. On its back is an Old English inscription, "Thou art gracious." It is thought that this statue of the "Madonna delle Grazie,"  still revered in Nettuno as town patron, came from the shrine at Ipswich. On September 10, 2002, the Anglican bishop blessed a replica carved by local artist Robert Mellamphy and installed it in the church of St. Mary at the Elms. An annual exchange of pilgrims has evolved between the Madonna's two shrines. On the first weekend in May, a group from Ipswich joins the traditional celebration in Nettuno; on the last weekend, Italian pilgrims join the annual procession from St. Mary at the Elms to the site of the original shrine in Lady Lane. Shrine's site:


Also celebrated this date:
Notre-Dame des Affligés, Wanfercée-Baulet, Fleurus, Hainaut, Wallonia, Belgium. Statue crowned, 1950.
Our Lady of Ludzmierz, Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Statue installed, 2000.
Notre-Dame, Bréhan, Morbihan, Brittany, France. Parish church consecrated, 1884. Pardon August 15.
Notre Dame de Kerio, Noyal-Muzillac, Morbihan, Brittany, France. Apparition, 1874.
Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy. First stone of Dominican complex placed, 1463.
Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna, Italy (St. Mary of Life). Patron of hospitals in Bologna. Feast commemorates finding of fresco in 1610.
Maria Santissima del Soccorso, Caltavuturo, Palermo, Sicily, Italy (St. Mary of Help)
Madonna dell'Uragano, Diso, Lecce, Apulia, Italy (Our Lady of the Hurricane). Festa commemorates Madonna's help in 1832 storm.
Notre-Dame de La Paix, Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast. John Paul II consecrated church and designated it Basilica, 1990.
Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio, Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico (Our Lady of Patronage). Stolen statue returned, 1762.
Matka Boża Kębelska, Wąwolnica, Puławy, Lublin, Poland. Statue crowned, 1978; anniversary 1st weekend in Sept. 
Matka Boża Miłosierdzia, Stara Wieś, Brzozów, Subcarpathia, Poland, Brzozów, Subcarpathia, Poland (Merciful Mother of God). Painting crowned, 1972.
Virgen de la Sierra, Herrera de los Navarros, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain. Romería: Mass, procession, food.
Nuestra Señora de Gracia, Belmonte, Cuenca, Castile-La Mancha, Spain. 1200s statue crowned, 1983; fiesta 2nd Sun.
Nuestra Señora de la Consolación y del Castillo, Montánchez, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Statue crowned, 1950; fiesta 2nd Sun.
Santa María del Alcor, Viso del Alcor, Sevilla, Andalucia, Spain. Statue crowned, 2005; fiesta September 12.
Virgen de las Maravillas, Cehegín, Murcia, Spain. Liturgical feast and annual move of statue from monastery to parish church.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly