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Cormac pilgrimage 2017: What is the kingdom of heaven like?
It was the focal point of the homily during the Sunday morning Mass held at the Shrine of St. Ann during the 79th Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac.
Read about it here - Ecclesia - September 2017

2017 Cormac Pilgrimage Finacial Report

Shrine of St. AnneWelcome to all visitors to this beautiful and picturesque part of Ontario. There is an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. Ann in Cormac off Highway 512 near Eganville.

The Shrine is dedicated to St. Ann, the wife of St. Joachim, mother of Mary and grandmother of Jesus.

The pilgrimage takes place on the last Sunday of July each year.

A triduum begins Thursday evening with a Mass at 7 p.m. in the Church. There is a 7 p.m. Mass on Friday and Saturday evening as well.

Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa, is the guest homilist for the Triduum and the Mass of Healing at the Shrine on Sunday, July 30th at 2 p.m. His theme is “Evangelical Hearts”.

The Mass on Sunday at 11 a.m. will be celebrated by Most Rev. Michael Mulhall, Bishop of Pembroke.

Fr. Kenneth O’Brien and the parishioners of St. Ann’s extend a Valley welcome to everyone to join them under the beautiful pines at Cormac.

Father Kenneth O'Brien

St Ann's new Parish Priest welcomes you to the 78th Annual Pilgrimage at the Shrine of St Ann in Cormac on Sun July 31 2016.


I am Father Kenneth O’Brien.  I was born on April 5th, 1948 at Clontarf on the Opeongo Line.  My ordination was here at St. James the Less Parish on May 11th, 1974.

In the fall of 1974 I was assigned to Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Pembroke for five years, then moved to the Cathedral for the next five years. St. Anthony’s in Chalk River was my home for 11 years and was also my first time as Pastor. I spent the next seven years at Osceola and Cobden and then moved to Combermere and Latchford Bridge for eleven years.

In the fall of 2015 with great delight I accepted my appointment as Pastor in Eganville, Cormac and Pikwàkanagàn. Having spent my first summer as a priest in Eganville, I never thought that I would be back as Pastor. It is great to be back in the area where I grew up.

I am still a chaplain at Marianhill in Pembroke on Wednesdays; a position I have held for the past twenty-eight years.

Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC, VG

Bishop Christian R Riesbeck, C C, was born in Montreal l on February 7th 1970.

Bishop Christian Riesbeck, CC, VGAfter elemmentary school studies at École Limoges and École Sain nt-Paul in Aylmer, Quebec and École Laurier-Carrière in Nepean, Ontario, he attended St. Pius X High School in Nepean. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science) degree from the University of Ottawa.

He studied theology a at St. Paul’s s University in Ottawa (S.T.B.) and at St Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto obtaining both a Bachelor and a Master of Divinity degrees. He obtained a Master degree and a License in Canon Law from St. Paul’s University in 2010.

He studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Bishop Riesbeck was ordained to the diaconate by the Most Reverend Frederick Colli, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa, on May 3, 1996, at St. Mary’s Church in Ottawa and a ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Marcel l Gervais, Archbishop of Ottawa, on October 12, 1996, at Notre Dame Cathedral (Ottawa). He served as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (Kingston), Administrator of St. Jude’s Parish (Hawkesbury) and Our Lady of Divine Love (Pendleton), Associate Pastor of St. Franci is Xavier Parish (Brockville), Pastor of Queen of Peace Parish (Houston, Texas). In 2011, he was appointed Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Ottawa and Judge of the Ottawa Regional Tribunal.

In 2012, he was named Episcopa al Vicar for Canonical Concerns. He also served as Assistant General Superior of the Companions of the Cross. Following the announcement made by Pope Francis on January 7, 2014, Bishop Riesbeck was ordained to the episcopate on March 19 and now serves as Auxilliary Bishop of Ottawa. He also holds the offices of Vicar General and Vicar for the National Language Parishes, Communities and Faithful.

SUNDAY JULY 30, 2017

Thursday, Friday, Saturday
St. Ann's Church

11:00am - Shrine Mass
Most Rev. Michael Mulhall, Bishop of Pembroke

2:00pm - Most Rev. Christian Riesbeck, Auxiliary Bishop of Ottawa

Preferential seating in the shade will be given to those with lawn chairs


125th anniversary of the first church