September 18

Mariatrost, Graz, Styria, Austria

Purburg Hill, overlooking Graz, has been a pilgrimage center since 1676, when word spread that the daughter of Johann Maximilian von Wilferstorff prayed successfully for healing before a Madonna in the family's castle chapel. In 1695, the standing Gothic statue of 1465 was remodeled in Baroque style. Emperor Charles VI placed the first stone of the Church of Our Lady of Consolation September 18, 1714. Declared a Minor Basilica by Pope John Paul II, Mariatrost celebrates its patronal feast on September 8, the Nativity of the Virgin. (Picture from the Basilica's site,

Also celebrated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame des Récollets, Verviers, Liège, Wallonia, Belgium. Black Virgin statue's child moved toward her during earthquake, 1692.
bulletNostra Signora di Bonacatu, Bonarcado, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy
bulletMadonna del Rimedio, Nule, Sassari, Sardinia, Italy (3-day festival)
bulletMatka Boska Bolesna, Skrzatusz, Szydłowo, Piła, Greater Poland, Poland (Sorrowful Blessed Mother). 1400s pietà statue crowned, 1988.
bulletNiepokalana Przewodniczka, Przasnysz, Przasnysz, Masovia, Poland (Immaculate Guide). 1600s copy of Salus Populi Romani icon crowned, 1977.
bulletVirgen del Buen Suceso, Valle de Villaverde, Asón-Agüera, Cantabria, Spain
bulletVirgen del Buen Suceso, El Suceso, Vizcaya, Basque Country, Spain
bulletVirgen de la Carrasca, Sisamón, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain 
bulletNuestra Señora de la Soledad, Casatejada, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly