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The Shrine Blog

Gain insight into Martyrs' Shrine through interviews, videos and more.

  • Praying for Residential Schools

    On April 1, 2022 at the Vatican, in an address to representatives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, His Holiness Pope Francis apologized to the Indigenous Peoples. After listening to the […]

  • Martyrs’ Shrine Throughout the Years

    Martyrs’ Shrine had evolved throughout the years and had created various branches in which to serve the community. It remains a priority commitment of the Canadian Jesuit ministry. It has […]

  • Opening of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

    In 1964 the Jesuits negotiated an agreement between the Upper Canadian Province of Jesuits and the Government of Ontario whereby the historic site of Sainte-Marie and adjoining land on the […]

  • Purchase of Sainte-Marie I

    At the end of the Depression, it took three years of appeals for director, Fr. Lally to collect the $4,000 purchase price of the Sainte-Marie property from a local businessman. […]

  • Canonization of the Canadian Martyrs

    Nearly four years to the day later, on June 29, 1930, as Pope Pius XI was canonizing the eight Canadian Martyrs in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, another vast congregation […]

  • Completion of the Shrine Church

    On June 26, 1926 in advance of Fr. Filion’s deadline, the church was finally built. It was a long fall and winter season for Fr. Filion and the tradesmen battling […]

  • Construction of the Church of St. Joseph

    In June of 1925, Father John M. Filion, then Provincial Superior of English speaking Jesuits across Canada, felt the need for a larger shrine that would be closer both to […]

  • Video: Historia Vitae, Treasures of Our Faith

    In this fifth episode of their series, Historia Vitaewith host Mary Rose Bacani Valenti, Salt + Light TV brings you to two important historical sites in Canada: Martyrs’ Shrine and […]

  • Video: Faith and Martyrdom: Stories from New France & East Asia

    This documentary is brought to you by the University of San Francisco's Ricci Institute and Direct Light Studios. This film on Faith and Martyrdom in New France and East Asia, namely […]

  • Video: This Holy Place: Real People. Real Faith.

    In this second episode of their series, This Holy Place with host Emilie Callan, Salt + Light TV invites you to join them in a virtual pilgrimage to Martyrs' Shrine, […]