Our Lady of the Cape (Cap de la Madeleine, QC)
Seventy years ago, some 400,000 people gathered in Ottawa for the culmination of the 1947 Marian Congress. One of the highlights of the Congress was the arrival of the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of the Cape. This statue was a replica of the (Vatican-recognized) Miraculous Statue at the shrine at Cap de la Madeleine Quebec. It toured more than 340 Canadian locations, and was seen by millions of Canadians from coast-to-coast.
In 2017, we were honoured with the privilege of restoring and repainting that original Pilgrim Statue which was brought to Ottawa once again, and now permanently resides at Blessed Sacrament Church in the National Capital. (info at www.catholicincanada.com)
These photos depict several stages of the meticulous restoration and repair of the statue, as well as the creation of a new Pilgrim Statue from pure white to precisely painted in the style of the original.
The restored statue from Trois Rivieres was permanently installed at Blessed Sacrament Church in Ottawa on Mother's Day 2017 at a full gathering of guests, priests, nuns, deacons, and Catholic laity.
It is now a destination for individuals, prayer groups and pilgrimages.
Click our video page to see the restoration explained! *
Archbishop Prendergast as the Pilgrim Statue visited Notre Dame Cathedral