Archbishop J. Michael Miller celebrates Mass under the shade of a gazebo at Fraser River Heritage Park before the procession to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto. After several years of cancellations and smaller numbers, the annual pilgrimage drew at least 4,000 people this year, organizers say. (Paul Schratz photos)

Grotto pilgrimage attendance returns to pre-pandemic level, or better

The largest annual event in the Archdiocese of Vancouver is again the largest annual event in the Archdiocese. After a two-year pandemic-caused hiatus and last year’s return with only half the typical number of participants, massive crowds flocked to this year’s pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Mission. Despite the sweltering heat, more...

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