12.3.10

St. Joseph Des Champs

St Joseph has always had a special relationship to Québec. for example Brother Andre Bessette had built an oratory to the foster father of Jesus. So it is no wonder that the first pilgrimage in honour of Saint Joseph should also begin in Québec. Joseph Fromm from Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit mailed this article to me today...

St Joseph des Champs...Such is the name of the first pilgrimage, which, So far as we can learn, was established in honor of St. Joseph. It owes its existence to a Jesuit Father, named Debrosse, a zealous servant of the saint. One day, as the fervent religious was pondering the means best calculated to awaken his favorite devotion in the hearts of others, the thought came into his mind to establish this pilgrimage, and, aided by the benevolence of pious friends, he was enabled to carry out his idea. On the 19th of March, 1840, the elegant chapel, now to be seen on the road to Chateau Goutier, about a mile and a half from Laval, was blessed under the name of St. Joseph of the Fields. The altar, of peculiar beauty, is surmounted by a statue of St. Joseph holding the Infant Jesus in his arms. Two reliquaries have been placed in that holy spot, presented by the Marquis and Marchioness of Ambray on their return from Rome; they contain a piece of the cloak of St. Joseph, and of the veil of the Blessed Virgin...

Thanks once again to you Joseph...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny
Joseph has written a number of articles on St Joseph this week.

1 comment:

Joseph Fromm said...

I believe that "there is more than meets the eye" on this one. It is my opinion that what has happen here and what will happen as a result of the prayers at this shrine will have a great spiritual impact.

JMJ

Joe