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This year’s Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage moves from in-person to online – Grandin Media
June 30, 2020
This year’s Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage is going online.
For the first time in more than 130 years, the five-day pilgrimage which attracts thousands of mostly indigenous people from across Canada will be strictly spiritual and not physical.
The year’s in-person pilgrimage July 25-29 has been cancelled in an effort to maintain social distancing, protect pilgrims — many of whom are elderly or in poor health — and avoid the spread of COVID-19. The pilgrimage site, west of Edmonton, is closed. There will be no camping or on-site visits.
Instead, organizers hope to keep alive the enduring spirit of the healing and spiritual renewal pilgrimage with a virtual Lac Ste Anne event that includes livestreamed Masses celebrated by bishops from Alberta and the Northwest Territories, video messages, and other programming.
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