Pilgrimage to Shrine of Father Laval

Pilgrimage to Shrine of Father Laval

September 9
An annual pilgrimage by thousands of people of all faiths to the shrine of Roman Catholic priest PÅre Jacques DÉsirÉ Laval in Port Louis, Mauritius. Father Laval came to Mauritius in 1841 and devoted himself to the spiritual improvement of the emancipated slaves until his death in 1864. The pilgrimage is held on the day of his death. It originated on the day the priest was buried, when more than 30,000 weeping people followed his bier as he was taken for burial opposite the Ste. Croix Church. A monument to him has since been erected there. Many masses are celebrated at the shrine on the memorial day, starting early in the morning. A vigil ends the day. Miracles of healing are attributed to Father Laval, who was beatified in 1979 in Rome by Pope John Paul II.
CONTACTS:
Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
Air Mauritius Centre, 11th Fl.
5, President John Kennedy St.
Port Louis, Mauritius
230-210-1545; fax: 230-212-5142
www.mauritius.net