In 1892, Pope Leo XIII sent a first class relic of Saint Ann to the famous Shrine of Saint Ann de Beaupré in Canada. On the way to Canada, the bearer of this precious relic stopped in New York City at the then little church of Saint Jean Baptiste. The relic was exposed in the church, and miraculously the sick and afflicted were cured, the blind saw, the lame walked, souls came back to God!
For three weeks, crowds thronged to Saint Jean Baptiste Church from every part of the country. On the day of the departure for the Shrine of Saint Ann in Beaupré, Canada, the relic was carried through the crowded church amid cries of: “Good-bye Good Saint Ann! Come back soon!”
Moved by such devotion, the bearer of the relic arrived at Beaupré and requested a portion of the wonder-working relic be returned to Saint Jean’s in New York. As a result, the relic was divided and a portion of it was returned to the church in New York. The first annual Novena (nine days of prayer leading up to the Feast of Saint Ann on July 26th) began July 17, 1892 and has continued every year in the United States.
In 1900, Archbishop Corrigan of New York invited the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in Montreal to administer a parish in New York City. Saint Jean Baptiste Church became a center of Eucharistic devotion for the whole country, and the first community of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in the United States.
A portion of the relic of Saint Ann came to rest at Saint Ann’s Shrine in Cleveland, Ohio when the provincial headquarters of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament was relocated. There is a link between Saint Ann and the Congregation since the Congregation in the United States is named the “Province of Saint Ann”.
The first Triduum (three days of prayer leading up to the Feast of Saint Ann on July 26th) in honor of Saint Ann was held July 24-26, 1987 in Cleveland, Ohio at Saint Paschal Baylon Church. It has become a yearly event since that time. An annual nine-day Novena is held at Saint Jean Baptiste Church in New York City (Manhattan) every year from July 18-26.
Having the shrine at the provincial headquarters of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament allows more people to visit the shrine and participate in the age-old devotion to Good Saint Ann. The Shrine is open for Mass, private prayer, veneration of the relic, and recitation of the rosary weekdays 9 am – 3 pm (excluding holidays). Please contact us for other times, special events and liturgies (e.g., weddings, anniversaries, etc.).
All donations to Saint Ann’s Shrine support the various ministries of the Fathers and Brothers of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. Please pray for us and our ministry!