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Aug. 11, 2021

By John Ryan
Contributing Writer

Isle LaMotte, Vt – The day started rainy at St. Anne’s Shrine, but as 12:15 p.m. Mass approached, the showers receded. By Mass time, only a few light showers remained.

Despite the forecast showers, 115 knights, spouses, families, and friends were present as Bishop Terry R. LaValley celebrated the Mass as part of the diocesan Knights’ annual pilgrimage to St. Anne’s Shrine on July 18. Shrine Director Rev. Brian Cummings and Msgr. Dennis Duprey con-celebrated, and Deacon James Chaufty assisted.

Northern Conference Chairman John Delles and his wife Lorna represented the North Country Knights.

On behalf of state Deputy Charles Exposito, former state Warden/state Secretary Dr. Charles Robinson presented a $1,000 state council gift to the shrine and a $1,000 gift from the North Country’s Bishop Brzana Knights of Columbus Chapter.

Pilgrimage Coordinator Peter Keenan announced that after more than 20 years of service, this was his last year as pilgrimage coordinator. Peru Council 7273 member Gordon Burdo will succeed Keenan.

Following Mass, the shrine staff served a bountiful summer luncheon, and Bishop LaValley chatted with the pilgrims. Several people attended the pilgrimage for the first time. They said they loved it and would return. The pilgrimage to St. Anne’s Shrine is a day of prayer and a time to renew and make friendships.

Father Cummings and Dr. Robinson asked everyone to keep former state Warden Bill Ose of Adams in their prayers. Unfortunately, health challenges prevented Ose from attending the pilgrimage this year; however, he still organized a busload of 34 pilgrims from the Watertown-Adams area. Bill has organized the busload for 27 years.

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