Statement of Archbishop Richard W. Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton
Regarding the Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage 2022
Dear Friends in Christ,
For the past two years, we have been unable to gather in person for our beloved Lac Ste. Anne pilgrimage on account of health restrictions imposed on us during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as we all get used to living with the ongoing situation of COVID-19, we hope this year to resume our traditional practice of gathering in-person for the pilgrimage.
The dates for this year’s annual Lac Ste. Anne Pilgrimage are July 25-28, 2022. Please help us in publicizing these dates within your respective families and parish communities.
A lot of planning needs to happen in the next few months to ensure the success of the pilgrimage. Among other things, many volunteers will be needed in a variety of areas and capacities, to help with planning, organizing and realizing the pilgrimage. Details concerning roles and opportunities will be communicated as they become available.
In the meantime, let’s give thanks to God for the abundance of blessings that have come to us throughout these past two years of virtual pilgrimage. We continue to pray for any who may be ill with the virus or any disease, for their families and all who care for them. We continue to seek the intercession of Good Ste. Anne, who has a special love for us, and we for her.
I look forward to celebrating the pilgrimage with you in person this year.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton
Chair, Lac Ste. Anne Board of Trustees
March 10, 2022
Download the Letter: Statement-re-LSA-Pilgrimage2022.pdf
VIDEO PLAYLIST: The video below shows the complete playlist of all the different daily videos as they became available. Or see them individually on the EVENT SCHEDULE.
Welcome from Chief Arthur Rain of Paul First Nation
Welcome from Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation
Welcome from Rev. Garry LaBoucane, OMI
Director of Lac Ste Anne Pilgrimage
Each July, thousands of pilgrims make their way to the shores of Lac Ste Anne. Many come in search of healing and spiritual renewal. Some simply come to reconnect with old acquaintances and forge new friendships.
This pilgrimage, which began over a hundred years ago, has become the largest annual Catholic gathering in Western Canada.
First called Wakamne or God’s Lake by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation who live on the west end of the Lake, and Manito Sahkahigan or Spirit Lake by the Cree, Lac Ste Anne, about 75 km northwest of Edmonton, is the site of the annual pilgrimage, one of the most unique and memorable spiritual gatherings in North America.
Please join us, all are welcome!