Our Lady of Consolation
Picture by our parishioner, Bill Mc Covick

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Starting in the 2nd century, Catholics have given devotion to Mary as Our Lady of Consolation, one of her earliest titles of honor. In the 17th century, in plague-ravaged Luxembourg, the faithful prayed to her and reported miraculous cures and healings. In 1652, Pope Innocent X encouraged devotion to Our Lady of Consolation by establishing a confraternity. The devotion spread to the United States, where the first shrine was built in Carey, Ohio. A replica statue was commissioned and arrived from Luxembourg in 1875. Cures and healings reportedly continue to take place at the shrine to the present day.