1947 Marian Congress

Wednesday, June 18th, 1947 - Sunday, June 22, 1947

Ad Jesum Per Mariam

It was to Celebrate the Centenary of the Archdiocese of Ottawa

and to pray for lasting peace in the world

Marian Congress Historic Report

see attachment at the bottom of the page

Short Summary

The Marian Congress was Ottawa’s greatest pilgrimage of faith and drew over a quarter million people to the city. No other occasion in the History of Ottawa induced as many people to come as far, and stay as long, as did the Marian Congress

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The 1947 procession of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of the Cape began at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada's National Marian Shrine, on May 1st in advance of the June Marian Congress held in the nation's capital; the congress where the Dominion of Canada was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On Mother's Day, 2017 the pilgrim statue, subsequent to a series of seemingly Divinely orchestrated happenings, was installed at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa For Mass times & Pilgrim Statue Kiosk hours visit:

http://www.BlessedSacrament.ca

https://catholicincanada.com/

Events which Celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Historic Marian Congress click here

90 page Programme from the Congress - below

Background to this site

and how it originated

My dad attended the Congress and kept the programme for me because it took place the year I was born. Daddy told me that for each of us 6 kids he kept something from the year of our birth: sort of as a souvenir. Over the years I often wondered why we never heard anything about this important part of Canadian History: never a homily at Mass, absolutely nothing. So I decided to do something about it. I began by scanning each page of the booklet to make a simple website but that wasn't very much information really although it was a start. It was fascinating to see all the Special Events that were scheduled for the week of the Congress. After scanning the pages ( which can be found in the attachments above) my curiosity peaked and I did internet searches on the Congress but couldn't find anything. Then I took my search further and went to the Archives of the Ottawa Journal and the Ottawa Citizen and that was where I was able to find most of the information for this website. As I read article after article I was absolutely amazed at the Faith and love for God and the Church shown by the hundreds of thousands of souls who made this pilgrimage. I was astounded also by the sincere and heartfelt hospitality shown to the Pilgrims by the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, Governor General, the Mayor etc.

The Marian Congress was Ottawa’s greatest pilgrimage of faith and drew over a quarter million people to the city. No other occasion in the History of Ottawa induced as many people to come as far, and stay as long, as did the Marian Congress. All who attended said the experience was unforgettable. There were pageants, beautiful floats, heavenly music. There were spectacularly robed Cardinals, numerous dignitaries and throngs of people who came from far and wide. The event ended with what the Catholic Northwest Progress newspaper called “the greatest fireworks display ever held in Canada” depicting scenes in the life of the Blessed Virgin. So why did we never hear anything about it for so many years?

The more I read about the Congress the more I felt blessed by the Faith I received from my parents and what a gift they left me and the more I wanted to tell everyone about it. I pray for a re - awakening of this love of God and Holy Mother Church that was so prevalent that week in 1947.

Fast forward to three years ago when Dennis Girard of Blessed Sacrament happened to come across a French Video of the Congress on youtube. Un film de Maurice Proulx. Voir la notice BAnQ Films d'archives

Dennis told me he was blown away by this news because he had never even heard about this Historic Event. He had been searching for something entirely different when he came across the video, which, just a year or two before ( Nov 3, 2014 ) had been uploaded to youtube.

Shortly thereafter, Dennis and his wife Angelina met with the Archbishop of Ottawa, Terrence Prendergast as well as Bishop Tremblay from Cap de la Madelaine. Before you know it an English video was in the works, and put in motion were plans to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Historic Congress, which just a few months before had been virtually unknown.

Thanks to Dennis and Angelina and Mother Mary, on Mother's Day, 2017 the pilgrim statue, subsequent to a series of seemingly Divinely orchestrated happenings, was installed at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa.

Events which Celebrated the 70th Anniversary of the Historic Marian Congress

For Mass times at Blessed Sacrament Parish & Pilgrim Statue Kiosk hours visit: http://www.BlessedSacrament.ca and https://catholicincanada.com/

A short summary ( I put together ) from various newspaper articles here

contact: Maureen Ward maureenmaloneyward@gmail.com

Highlights of this Historic Congress

Text of English Video - click here

Pope Delivers Message for Marian Reception Day - click here

Text of the Consecration of Canada to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1947

Pope Pius XII Radios Message of Hope to Marian Meet

Holy Father says Consecration of Canada to Mary was crowning event of Great International Meeting

50,000 at Congress Consecration Service Text of Sermon at Consecration Service click here

The Catholic Northwest Progress, Seattle Washington

Friday, June 27, 1947

by J. Frank Williams

click here for newspaper article

or link below

http://cnp.stparchive.com/Archive/CNP/CNP06271947p01.php

Events which Celebrated

the 100th Anniversary of the historic Congress

click here

https://catholicincanada.com/

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Pilgrimage 2019

7oth Anniversary Celebrations

Events which Celebrated

the 70th Anniversary of the historic Congress

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https://catholicincanada.com/




The Inaugural "Cape - Capital Pilgrim Expeience" August 2019

The Inaugural "Cape - Capital Pilgrim Experience"

August 21st - 25th, 2019

The second anniversary

of the launching of the Marian Devotional Movement ( MDM)

For videos from the Pilgrimage organizers ( MDM)

click here

For my recap of the pilgrimage

click here

Article in the Catholic Register

click here