Shrine of St. Anne

Patron Saint Anne

At Waterbury Connecticut the Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers is honored seeks to affirm the dignity of women by celebrating motherhood as a noble and essential part of the Church, society and our world. "In supporting the dignity of mothers, from the moment of her child's conception, a mother is blessed and asked to bear witness to the meaning of genuine love, of a total gift of self and of an acceptance of others…" (JPII, The Gospel of Life, 99). The Shrine of St. Anne embodies a devotion to its namesake Saint Anne, wife of Joachim, mother of Mary the Mother of God, and grandmother of Jesus Christ, invokes Saint Anne's motherly intercession so that the sanctity of all life is recognized, and all mothers will be given the strength and support to bear witness to the great gift of life. In his Letter to Women, June 29, 1995 Pope John Paul II wrote "Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourself in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience makes you become God's own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child's first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life"

The Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Anne is a Roman Catholic minor basilica located in Scranton, Pennsylvania founded by the Passionists order as a monastery church, erected in 1902. The present building was dedicated on April 2nd, 1929, and on August 29th, 1996 was named a basilica by Pope John Paul II. The basilica sponsors an annual solemn novena in honor of St. Anne.

The Church of St. Anne de Beaupré in Quebec, Canada possesses a rare relic of the Saint; a fragment of the wrist bone of St. Anne, about two or three inches in length, with the skin and flesh still adhering to the bone and showing the joint near the thumb. When the precious relic arrived in New York from Rome on May 1, 1892 crowds of the faithful flocked to the church of St. Jean Baptiste, where the relic was temporarily deposited for the veneration of the faithful.

Saint Anne of New York So great was the enthusiasm of the faithful of New York in venerating the relic of St. Anne in 1892 (then in transport to the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré) it remained exposed for three weeks. Pope Leo XIII, who soon afterward presented this parish with a portion of the forearm of St. Anne, which has since been preserved and devoutly venerated in the church of St. Jean Baptiste.

The Blessed Sacrament Fathers and Brothers have a shrine to St. Anne in Cleveland at 5384 Wilson Mills Rd. St. Anne's shrine stands next to St. Paschal's Church.
In Arvada, Colorado [7555 Grant Place], the St. Anne Shrine possesses a particle of bone of St. Anne.

St. Anne of Brighton Park was begun in 1900 by French Canadians. Its simple origin centered about the authentic relics of the Saint, portions of bones, the largest being about one inch in length. Because of the many reported miracles the shrine grew to one of the largest and most notable in the United States and has attracted thousands of pilgrims unable to journey to the more famous shrine of St. Anne de Beaupré. At the Fountain of St. Anne, waters of pass over the encased relic of the Saint and records show the names of hundreds of persons who have been cured or aided by the holy mother of the Blessed Virgin. Saint Anne's shrine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, known as St. Anne of Scranton, or St. Anne's Basilica parish, is located at 1239 St. Anne St. and is served by the Passionists Fathers where a perpetual novena is conducted there every Monday, St. Anne has been invoked as patroness of miners for centuries this shrine is located in the center of the anthracite coal mining region.

In St. Louis, Missouri, Visitation-St. Anne's Shrine is listed in the Catholic Directory as "African-American." The church is located at 4145 Evans Ave where Devotions are held every Thursday. Our Lady of the Visitation Parish was founded in 1882, in the Grand Prairie area of the city. Holy Ghost Parish merged with this church in 1961, and Saint Anne merged in 1992, giving the church the name Visitation/Saint Ann Shrine.

In St. Anne, Illinois, a novena of Masses is held yearly at St. Anne Catholic Church from July 18 to July 26, with other festive observances on July 26, the Feast of St. Anne. St. Anne Church was founded in 1872; it is blessed to possess a relic of the Saint.

In New Orleans, Louisiana the shrine of St. Anne, dedicated in 1935, consists of a grotto and small gift shop next to St. Peter Claver Parish [with which it is not connected]. AlthoughChurch authorities decided in 1995 to allow lay devotees of St. Anne to keep it open on a limited basis. Currently the shrine is open a few mornings per week

A relic of St. Anne is venerated in the relic chapel of St. Mary's College in St. Mary's, Kansas.

The Benedictine Sisters of Clyde, Missouri possess a small particle of bone of St. Anne enshrined in their relic chapel.


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