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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
May 17, 2012
From journal A little piece of Europe in Canada
April 11, 2002
The Present Basilica is the 5th church to be built here. It is a magnificent sight as you drive up along the river and I was even more impressed when I viewed it from a distance from the Ile de Orleans. It dwarfs everything else in the neighborhood. The twin spires frame a statue of Ste Anne that was salvaged from the previous church, which was lost to fire in 1922. What you notice first about the Basilica are all the crutches that are hung on the wall in mute testimony to all the cures that have occurred here. Mass goes on almost unceasing here and there are thousands of candles burning in supplication. I had a hard time finding a spot to place mine.
There is a memorial chapel to the side of the basilica and there are lots of memorial plaques, I dragged my family through the two chapels to read the names of all of our relatives. Up on the hill there is a life size stations of the cross and the truly devote climb the stairs up to them on their knees. Ouch! I skipped that part. The Redemptorists took over care of the Basilica over 100 years ago and there is always someone available to hear confession or just to talk. They are in a small building close to the parking lot.
I guess it goes without saying that they have a fabulous gift shop. It isn’t just the religious items that draws people here (though they have a wide and high quality selection). I come to the gift shop almost yearly to buy genealogy books. The series Nos Ancetres (Our Ancestors) is published in Ste Anne and the latest volume is usually available here in both French and English. Be warned the English version is about twice as expensive. I have all 30 volumes in French.
From journal A weekend in the Paris of the North