Message from the Rector of the Shrine
Greetings to all of you,
On a cold winter day back in January, a Redemptorist missionary pulled into the parking lot at the monastery located at the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre in Québec, Canada. His journey had begun several days earlier and 2,077 miles away at the home of his family in Montgomery, Texas (near Houston) in the United States. The multi-day journey crossed various states, provinces, and an international border, and included the entire spectrum of weather and road conditions. However, when the car was parked and everything inside was finally unloaded, the real adventure that lay ahead had just begun. After all, there was a God-given mission to be accomplished.
As a Redemptorist, I’ve learned over time that God’s will is often whispered through the voices of Province leaders. Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Father Scott Katzenberger. I am a member of the Denver Province of the Redemptorists, and the newly appointed Rector here at the Shrine. I am taking upon my new responsibilities with sincere gratitude to Father Régis Pellerin, who capably filled the position in the months prior to my arrival. I professed my first vows as a Redemptorist missionary in 1993 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997. I have previously served in both urban and rural ministry settings in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and the United States. I also have some previous ministry experience here at the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre. In fact, I had always dreamed of returning here one day to serve.
In spite of the arrival of the COVID-19 virus, we continue moving forward undaunted with our ministry of proclaiming the Good News and furthering devotion and intercession to Good Saint Anne. Daily masses continue to be offered from the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Basilica (televised) and from our Redemptorist community chapel. A televised Sunday morning mass and time of prayer at the Basilica is planned to begin soon. Although these masses are not open to the public at this time, be assured that we are united in prayer with you, our pilgrims, and that your intentions are forefront in our minds and hearts. Our local Redemptorist community also gathers daily at the foot of the miraculous statue of Good Saint Anne in order to present all of our pilgrims to the Lord and ask for St. Anne’s intercession to protect them and to stem the spread of the virus. We also continue to receive prayer requests and mass intentions, and to light candles at the Shrine for the prayer intentions of our pilgrims.
In addition, plans for the novena to Saint Anne this July continue to proceed. At this time, we are uncertain about the particulars for the celebration. So, we ask for your continued assistance and patience. We will be following the lead of government and diocesan officials about when and how to move forward with reopening the churches. So, the celebration of this year’s novena may be very different from the past. If it’s not possible to hold a public celebration of the Novena this year, we invite you to view the celebrations on our website and to use the enclosed novena as one way to be united in prayer with us.
In this time of uncertainty, may we all remember that GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US.
Father Scott Katzenberger, C.Ss.R.
Rector of the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré