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This year’s Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage moves from in-person to online – Grandin Media

by ahnationtalk on June 30, 202059 Views

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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