Sainte Anne, Pray for Us
The Shrine of Sainte Anne de Detroit has been a place of pilgrimage for the faithful for many years, and was named the official Archdiocesan Shrine of Ste. Anne in 2017 by Archbishop Vigneron.
The “Shrine” references a side-altar located inside the basilica, at the southeast corner, and includes a display of a first class relic in front of a statue of Ste. Anne. The statue of Ste. Anne with a teenage Mary is from the 1828 church built by Fr. Gabriel Richard. The relic is from the ancient shrine of Ste. Anne d’Auray in France.
Our church was named a shrine for many reasons including:
- To develop a variety of programs in order to Unleash the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the benefit of visiting pilgrims in a way that draws deeply on the devotion to Sainte Anne, Marian Catholic devotions, and the lives of French saints.
- To further develop the Shrine as a place of pilgrimage and quiet prayer, and as a means to spread devotion to Christ in and through His Church.
- To restore the meaning of pilgrimage as a religious and spiritual experience of renewal as envisioned by the Roman Catholic Code of Canon Law and the objectives set forth by the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, The Pilgrimage in the Great Jubilee (1998).
- To develop and cooperate with religious and lay directors of pilgrimages so that the pilgrimage will become a spiritual journey of faith.
- To develop the Shrine and Ste. Anne campus as a cultural center for the arts, music, education and apostolic works in the Catholic tradition.
- To promote the Shrine to the general public at-large in order to bring it to national and international prominence.