October 18

Notre-Dame, Reims, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France

St. Nicasius, Bishop of Reims, martyred in 407, is considered the founder of Reims cathedral, although the first church building was not completed until shortly before King Clovis was baptized there in 496. Dedicated to Our Lady from its beginnings, the cathedral burned in 1206 and was rebuilt in Gothic style. The magnificent structure was largely destroyed in World War I. Cardinal Suhard reconsecrated the restored cathedral October 18, 1937. (Information and photograph of the Virgin and Child on the west portal from the Cathedral's website, www.cathedrale-reims.com.)  

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre Dame de Nazareth, Plancoet, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France. Apparition, 1644. Pardon Sept. 8.
bulletDreimal Wunderbare Mutter, Schönstatt, Vallendar, Mayen-Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (Mother Thrice Admirable). Schoenstatt movement founded, 1914.
bulletMariä Himmelfahrt, Aufkirchen, Oberding, Bavaria, Germany (Assumption of Mary). Church dedicated, 1500. 
bulletAll-Holy Lady of the Great Cave, Kalavryta, Achaea, West Greece, Greece
bulletMaria ter Weghe, Haastrecht, Vlist, South Holland, Netherlands (Mary the Wayfarer). Statue crowned, 1955. Feast day.
bulletVirgen del Rosario, La Algaida, Murcia, Spain. Statue crowned, 1959.
bulletNotre-Dame de Grâce, Orbe, Vaud, Switzerland. Chapel inaugurated, 1903.
bulletNotre-Dame de Bertigny, Fribourg, Switzerland. Benediction of restored chapel, 1996.
bulletMater Ter Admirabilis, Nueva Helvecia, Colonia, Uruguay (Mother Thrice Admirable). First stone of first Schoenstatt daughter shrine placed, 1942; shrine inaugurated, 1943. Pilgrimage 3rd Sun. Oct.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly