Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto – Saint-Louis-de-Kent

Since 1878 and 1882 respectively Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Saint-Louis-de-Kent has served as a place of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the Acadians. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto - Saint-Louis-de-Kent

Each year, on occasions such as Corpus Christi in June, the Feast of St. Anne on July 26, and the Feast of the Assumption on August 15, a procession or a mass is held near the Grotto. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto - Saint-Louis-de-Kent

Nestled on the hillside overlooking the river and surrounded by mature Acadian forest, the Grotto and Calvary present an arrangement of monuments, original statues, and stone walls.

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto - Saint-Louis-de-Kent

This location was chosen for the raising of the Acadian flag during the first Acadian World Congress in 1994. There were 3000 people in attendance, including many dignitaries. Since that day, the Acadian flag has flown on the wharf near the Grotto. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto - Saint-Louis-de-Kent
Corpus Christi procession to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at the convent, Saint-Louis-de-Kent, New Brunswick, [ca. 1950]. Archives Congrégation de Notre-Dame – Montréal. 

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Resource: HistoricPlaces.ca 

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