7 Aboujagane Road, Memramcook, New Brunswick, E4K, Canada
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1957/01/01 to 1958/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Located on Aboujagane Road, near the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes church in Memramcook East, Lourdes Grotto is a reduced-scale quasi-replica of the Grotto of Lourdes in France.
The Lourdes Grotto is designated a Local Historic Place in recognition of the parish’s patron saint and for its design by artisans from the Memramcook region.
The heritage value of the Lourdes Grotto lies in the initiative of Father Paul-Marie Thériault, c.s.c., who came up with the idea of its construction to pay tribute to the patron saint of the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes parish and to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions of the Virgin at Lourdes, France in 1858. The blessing of the grotto took place on August 15, 1959.
The foundation of the Lourdes Grotto was laid during the summer of 1957, and the work was completed the following summer. Several tradespeople from the Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes parish contributed to its construction. Masonry foreman Laurie Boudreau and mason Honoré Dupuis crafted the altar; stonecutter Dismas Cormier built the outer wall of the monument; and tradesman Willie Sonier produced the wrought-iron structures. An integral part of the grotto, a gift from Mrs. Lumina LeBlanc, is the white marble stone bearing the inscription EN RECONNAISSANCE À LA VIERGE MARIE - LES PAROISSIENS DE LOURDES [In gratitude to the Virgin Mary – the parishioners of Lourdes].
Source : Village of Memramcook – site file – Grotte de Lourdes
The character-defining elements that describe the Lourdes Grotto include:
- statue of the Virgin in its niche;
- stone altar;
- white marble stone on the front of the altar;
- crucifix over the altar;
- neon-illuminated epigraph: JE SUIS L’IMMACULÉE CONCEPTION – PÉNITENCE [I am the Immaculate Conception – Penitence]);
- wrought iron supporting the candles and the neon light;
- opening to simulate the spring of water from the rock;
- statue of Bernadette Soubirous kneeling in front of the grotto.
Local Governments (NB)
Local Historic Places Program
Municipal Register of Local Historic Places
1959/01/01 to 1959/01/01
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Religious Institutions
Function - Category and Type
- Religion, Ritual and Funeral
- Religious Facility or Place of Worship
- Commemorative Monument
Architect / Designer
Paul-Marie Thériault, c.s.c.
Location of Supporting Documentation
Village of Memramcook Municipal Building
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