Marian calendar

October 22

Maria Santissima, Capo d'Orlando, Messina, Sicily, Italy

The story goes that in the night of October 22, 1598, the Raffa brothers were guarding the castle on Cape Orlando when they heard a noise. They saw a man sound a horn and run away, leaving behind a small box. Inside it the watchmen found a statuette of the Madonna and Child. On October 22, 1600, the image was installed in a new sanctuary on the mountain, where for centuries the Virgin watched over the Cape and protected it from earthquakes, storms, and pirates. In 1925, after the original was stolen, a silver replica was substituted. The region celebrates October 22 with a pilgrimage to the sanctuary and procession through the streets. (Information and picture from

Also commemorated this date:

bulletMadonna del Parto, Rome, Italy (Madonna of Childbirth) in Church of Sant'Agostino
bulletMaria Santissima della Neve, Torre Annunziata, Napoli, Campania, Italy
bulletVirgen de la Soledad, Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico. Statue crowned, 1943.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly