October 17

Marie Reine des Coeurs, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

St. Louis de Montfort of France devised the title "Mary Queen of Hearts" in 1705, when he hung a large metal heart on the neck of a statue of the Virgin and invited the faithful to write their names on pieces of paper and place them in Mary's heart. Cardinal Léger presided at the groundbreaking of the Monfort Marian Center in Montreal October 17, 1959 and blessed the Center at its inauguration September 10, 1961. It hosts many spiritual activities throughout the year. The statue in the sanctuary depicts St. Louis de Montfort giving his heart to Mary and Jesus. The Confraternity of the Queen of All Hearts celebrates its feast day with that of the Annunciation, March 25. (Picture and information from the Center's website, Sanctuaire Marie-Reine-des-Coeurs, www.smrdc.org.)   

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame, Rochefort, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charente, France. First stone of new church placed, 1858.
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Andrano, Lecce, Apulia, Italy (Our Lady of Graces)
bulletVirgen de El Pueblito, El Pueblito, Querétaro, Mexico. Statue crowned, 1946. Liturgical feast Sat. after 4th Sun. of Easter. Fiesta Feb. 2.
bulletNuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, Almenara, Castellon, Valencia, Spain (Our Lady of Good Success). Chapel inaugurated, 1948.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly