Pilgrims at Mary’s Shrine
“An American Lourdes”
The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal (CAMM) has just celebrated 100 years of spreading devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
Father Joseph Skelly, the founder of CAMM, also had the dream of building a pilgrimage destination, an “American Lourdes.” His dream became a reality in 1927, with the construction of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
Father Skelly hoped that pilgrims from near and far would come to the Shrine and “kneel before the statue of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and … promise fealty to her and to her Divine Son.”
Pilgrims did come, and in the thousands. They came for a very simple reason: the Shrine became known as a place where prayers are answered.
Sharing the Good News
It’s the dynamic of a person, once they have something good and it really touches the fibers of their heart, they want to share it with people.
Today, the prayers of pilgrims are still answered at the Shrine, and people continue to seek blessings. But, as Father Michael Shea, CM explains, the search for blessings is an act of faith. “When prayers are answered,” he said, “people spread the good news.”
Newsworks recently featured the Shrine as a place of pilgrimage. Here’s a link to the article.