The 9th edition of the Marie Reine du Canada pilgrimage, which took place on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2012, was a success. The 80+ pilgrims, coming from all over Ontario and Quebec, and even from the United States of America, were able to walk the 104 kilometers between St-Joseph-de-Lanoraie and Cap-de-la-Madeleine without receiving even a single raindrop. Blisters, sore muscles, a very warm sun, roadwork, and even the forest that the pilgrims walked through on Monday morning did not prevent the two chapters (English and French) from moving forward at a good speed, nor did it keep them from praying and singing loud and clear along the way!The chaplain, Fr. Huang, F.S.S.P., was available to hear confessions during all three days. He also gave a few talks and meditations to the pilgrims of the two chapters. He was assisted by Mr. Breton and Mr. Marchand, who are both F.S.S.P. seminarians; the future priests walked with the French Chapter the length of the pilgrimage. Two Low Masses were celebrated by Fr. Huang: the first one, on Saturday morning, in the lovely church of St-Joseph-de-Lanoraie, and the second one, on Sunday morning, in the beautiful church of Maskinongé. The closing Solemn High Mass was celebrated on Monday afternoon at Cap-de-la-Madeleine, in the wonderful little shrine dedicated to Our Lady of the Cape, by Fr. Gouy, F.S.S.P., with Fr. Huang serving as deacon and Fr. Nsengiyumva, O.P. serving as sub-deacon.
(Image and source: Jacinthe Soulard)