A shrine to obtain graces for expectant mothers

A shrine to obtain graces for expectant mothers

On the southern border of the Cantal region (France), the Shrine of Our Lady of Quézac is a popular place of pilgrimage. In the 12th century, on the site of the current church, there was a modest oratory where a miraculous statue representing a seated Madonna and Child was venerated.

When the old church became too small, it was replaced by the magnificent shrine we can see today, dedicated on September 3, 1887. The crowning of Our Lady of Quézac, granted by His Holiness Benedict XV, was celebrated on September 8, 1920 before a large crowd of pilgrims.

On September 8, 1954 Msgr Marty, the then bishop of Saint-Flour, blessed the statue of Our Lady. Each year, the principal feasts take place in the first week of September. A retreat house called “Bethany” welcomes pilgrims.

The most frequent prayer intentions are for expectant mothers, small children, and the sick.

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