St. Ann Shrine
Devotion to St. Ann in St. Louis began in the St. Ann Church on the corner of Page and Whittier in 1903 with 3 days of special prayers to St. Ann prior to her feast day. Fr. James I. Douglas inaugurated the first semi-annual novena in 1926. Numbers grew from 30 to over 5,000 in the early 40’s, back down to about 100 in the 80’s, 90’s.
The year 1992 brought a merger of St. Ann’s Parish with Visitation Parish. Relics and other devotions were carried to the new home of the Shrine on Taylor and Evans. The original St. Ann statue with part of its marble stand is at the entrance to the lower chapel in the All Souls Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery. The St. Ann Shrine has been moved to St. Nicholas Church where the legacy of devotion to St. Ann in St. Louis will continue.
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