Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium

Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Beauraing, Rue de l'Aubépine, Beauraing, Belgija

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Beauraing, Belgium

Since 1932, millions of pilgrims have visited the Sanctuary Our Lady of Beauraing to honor the Virgin with the Heart of Gold.

You, who come through Our Lady of Beauraing, stop for a few minutes regardless of your religious or moral convictions. Something is happening here. A message of serenity, peace and joy. At the Sanctuaries, during retreats, contemplate the preserved surroundings of the region, you are invited to replenish yourself, to retrace the unfinished border between the essential and the accessory, between tolerance and rejection… TO FIND AGAIN A GOLDEN HEART!

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Coming to Beauraing and having the best stay:

Words spoken by Our Lady of Beauraing

Beauraing, during the Winter of 1932-1933. An exceptional event. In an exceptional context. A cold and dark time. The first stirrings of the drama of the Second World War.

A light appeared in the night.

Towards 6 o’clock on the 29thNovember 1932, Mr Voisin asked his children Fernande (age 15) and Albert (age 11) to go and pick up their sister Gilberte (age 13) from the boarding school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine of Nancy.

Along the way, the children invited their friends Andrée Degeimbre (age 14) and her younger sister Gilberte (age 9) to join them. After Albert had rung the doorbell of the boarding school, he turned around and saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the the railway bridge which spanned the road leading to Rochefort.

His sister and her friends, disbelieving, turned around and they too saw the “beautiful Lady”. Sister Valeria opened the door. The children alerted her to the presence of the Virgin Mary. Not believing their fantasies, the Sister went to fetch Gilberte from her studies.

Not knowing what had just taken place, Gilberte arrived on the doorstep and also saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the bridge. The children ran home, afraid. They nevertheless promised that they would return the next day at the same time to pick up Gilberte.

On the 30th November, the Blessed Virgin appeared again above the bridge; again on the 1st December but then disappeared to reappear by the holly bush (to the right of the existing podium), disappeared again; then reappeared under a branch of the hawthorn tree near the entrance gate to the garden.

It is there that Mary would appear for another 30 times until the 3rd January.  She was dressed in a long white dress with a faint blue hue. Her head was covered with a long veil that fell down to her shoulders. Thin rays of light came out of her head which gave the impression she was wearing a crown. Usually Mary’s hands were joined together and she was smiling.

From the 29th December, as a sign of farewell, the children saw her heart illuminated between her outstretched arms, it looked like a golden heart. From this we have the title of Our Lady of Beauraing: the Blessed Virgin with the Golden Heart.

On the 2nd December, to the question asked by the children “What do you want from us ?”
Mary spoke for the first time: “Be very good“.
Then on the occasion of another apparition :”Is it true that you will always be good ?“.

On the 8th December, the children were in ecstasy for a quarter of an hour.
“She was more beautiful than ever !”

On the 17th Mary asked for “a Chapel“.

On the 21st to the question “Tell us who you are ?”
Mary said: “I am the Immaculate Virgin“.

On the 23rd to the question “Why do you come here ?” She answered: “So people come here on pilgrimage“.
From the 30th, Mary revealed the heart of her message:
On the 30th: “Pray, pray much” and on the 1st of January: “Pray always“.

On the 3rd January, Mary revealed a secret to the three younger children.
She promised: “I will convert sinners“.
She said again: “I am the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven“.
She asked: “Do you love my Son, do you love me ?
Then sacrifice yourselves for me“.
Good-bye.

Words spoken by Mary at Beauraing

There have been two recognised miraculous healings.
The cult of Our Lady of Beauraing was authorised on the 2nd January 1943.
The authencity of the events was recognised by Mgr Charue, Bishop of Namur, on the 2nd July 1949.

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What happened to Five Children witnessing the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing?

Andrée Degeimbre, was born on the 19th April 1918 and married Georges van den Steen from Haltert (Flanders) in 1941. Andrée had 3 children: Christian, Yvan and Marie-Ange. She died on the 11th June 1978. She was the first of the five seers to die.

She was known for her strong faith, her common sense, the frankness of speech and unfailing loyalty. For more than 40 years she recited the Rosary every day at 6.30 pm in front of the hawthorn tree, even in the snow.

Her routine was only interrupted by her husband’s illness, from September 1974 till 3rd April 1975, then later on by her own illness. She recited the Rosary for the last time on the 29th November 1977 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the first apparition. European catholic shrines and basilicas. 

Fernande Voisin, was born on 21st June 1917 and in 1941 married Albert Despas from Bure. He worked at the local tax office. Fernande was a nurse who made home visits. In 1954 they moved to Namur where she died on the 9th May 1979 from a long illness (cancer of the kidneys).

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She had five children: Rose-Marie, Michel, Emmanuel, Noel and Marie-Françoise. According to a witness, she was the most self-effacing of the seers. She led a generous life. It was to her that Our Lady asked on the 3rd January 1933: “Do you love my Son ?”

Gilberte Voisin, was born on the 20th June 1919. She was a kindergarten teacher and in 1945 married Amédée Pierret, a police officer from Sainte-Marie. He was killed while on active duty on the 22nd April 1953 leaving two children: Michel and Bernadette. Gilberte returned to Beauraing where she later died in an accident on the 3rd January 2003, the 70th anniversary of the last apparition at the very hour that Mary promised her: “I will convert sinners”.

Albert Voisin, was born on the 3rd September 1921 and studied with the Brothers in Carlsbourg. He spent his military duty in Ireland and Germany. He was a teacher in Ottignies for 2 years and then in 1948 married office worker Yvonne Embrechts from Liège.

That same year, they left for the Belgian Congo, first to Lubumbashi followed by Kowézi where their 3 children were born: Claude, Francine and Bridget. The family returned to Beauraing in 1961 where Albert taught at the “Institut Notre Dame” which was founded in 1949 upon the initiative of the Dean Lafontaine and run by the “Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes” (Brothers of Christian Schools). He died after a long illness on the 23rd December 2003.

Gilberte Degeimbre, was born on the 13th August 1923, and in 1947 married André Philippe, an engineer. For a long time, she lived in Italy with her husband and their two children. She was employed as a secretary. She has since returned to live in Beauraing with her husband. She died 10th of February 2015.

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Many individual pilgrims come to Beauraing to pray and light a candle by the Hawthorn bush, which is accessible day and night.

The information point
The information point i is located at the entrance to the Shrine. Pilgrims receive all the information necessary for their visit. Audio-visual slide shows and films on the apparitions and their messages can be viewed by all. There are VHS videos and DVDs for sale as well as pictures and other documents about the Shrine.

Votive Chapel
At the heart of the Shrine one finds the Votive Chapel. It is a place of meditation and prayer and its architecture is very symbolic: by itself, the stonework, windows, the different rooms, the interior and exterior details all express the apparitions and message of Beauraing. Come and discover!

Castel Sainte Marie
Five hundred metres from the Sanctuary there is a vast estate of approximately 75 acres called the “Marian Estate”. The Castel Sainte Marie is a castle dating from the Middle Ages and is surrounded by a large wood where it is very pleasant to walk. It has now been transformed into a hospitality venue where it is possible to stay and eat. One of its towers has become a holiday home.

The Shrine shop, Pro Maria
The Shrine shop, Pro Maria, can be found a few metres down the road from the Shrine. It is the only shop on the site selling religious articles. It is a treasure-trove of candles, cards, medals and religious books. There are also statues of Our Lady with the Golden Heart in different sizes, as well as a wide selection of books relating to the apparitions.

Museum
Visitors to the museum can see a large number of statues of Our Lady with the Golden Heart, paintings and other objects linked to the apparitions of Beauraing. Visitors can also see some of the clothes worn by the children during the apparitions, some showing marks made when the children fell to their knees.

 

How long does it take to travel from Beauraing to Brussels by train?

The average journey time between Beauraing and Brussels is 2 hours and 30 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 51 minutes. On an average weekday, there are are 12 trains trains per day travelling from Beauraing to Brussels. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.  Its not possible to travel from Beauraing to Brussels without having to change trains. To travel from Beauraing to Brussels will require a minimum of 1 change.

The first train from Beauraing to Brussels departs at 05:26. The last train from Beauraing to Brussels departs at 20:45. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency.

Every day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: 14h00 to 17h00 Mass: 17h15 in the Parish church Rosary: 18h30
From Monday to Saturday Laud: 8h30 Confession from 9h30 to 12h00 and from 14h00 à 17h00 Mass: 10h30
Sundays Confession: 10h30 to 12h00 and from 14h00 à 17h00 Mass: 12h00 and 15h45: Mass Sundays and certain major Feasts  17h00: Salute On the 2nd Sunday of the Month: pilgrimage on foot leaving the church in Houyet

Words spoken by Mary at Beauraing

Beauraing, during the Winter of 1932-1933. An exceptional event. In an exceptional context. A cold and dark time. The first stirrings of the drama of the Second World War.

A light appeared in the night.

Towards 6 o’clock on the 29thNovember 1932, Mr Voisin asked his children Fernande (age 15) and Albert (age 11) to go and pick up their sister Gilberte (age 13) from the boarding school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine of Nancy.

Along the way, the children invited their friends Andrée Degeimbre (age 14) and her younger sister Gilberte (age 9) to join them. After Albert had rung the doorbell of the boarding school, he turned around and saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the the railway bridge which spanned the road leading to Rochefort.

His sister and her friends, disbelieving, turned around and they too saw the “beautiful Lady”. Sister Valeria opened the door. The children alerted her to the presence of the Virgin Mary. Not believing their fantasies, the Sister went to fetch Gilberte from her studies.

Not knowing what had just taken place, Gilberte arrived on the doorstep and also saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the bridge. The children ran home, afraid. They nevertheless promised that they would return the next day at the same time to pick up Gilberte.

On the 30th November, the Blessed Virgin appeared again above the bridge; again on the 1st December but then disappeared to reappear by the holly bush (to the right of the existing podium), disappeared again; then reappeared under a branch of the hawthorn tree near the entrance gate to the garden.

It is there that Mary would appear for another 30 times until the 3rd January.  She was dressed in a long white dress with a faint blue hue. Her head was covered with a long veil that fell down to her shoulders. Thin rays of light came out of her head which gave the impression she was wearing a crown. Usually Mary’s hands were joined together and she was smiling.

From the 29th December, as a sign of farewell, the children saw her heart illuminated between her outstretched arms, it looked like a golden heart. From this we have the title of Our Lady of Beauraing: the Blessed Virgin with the Golden Heart.

On the 2nd December, to the question asked by the children “What do you want from us ?”
Mary spoke for the first time: “Be very good“.
Then on the occasion of another apparition :”Is it true that you will always be good ?“.

On the 8th December, the children were in ecstasy for a quarter of an hour.
“She was more beautiful than ever !”

On the 17th Mary asked for “a Chapel“.

On the 21st to the question “Tell us who you are ?”
Mary said: “I am the Immaculate Virgin“.

On the 23rd to the question “Why do you come here ?” She answered: “So people come here on pilgrimage“.
From the 30th, Mary revealed the heart of her message:
On the 30th: “Pray, pray much” and on the 1st of January: “Pray always“.

On the 3rd January, Mary revealed a secret to the three younger children.
She promised: “I will convert sinners“.
She said again: “I am the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven“.
She asked: “Do you love my Son, do you love me ?
Then sacrifice yourselves for me“.
Good-bye.

Words spoken by Mary at Beauraing

There have been two recognised miraculous healings.
The cult of Our Lady of Beauraing was authorised on the 2nd January 1943.
The authencity of the events was recognised by Mgr Charue, Bishop of Namur, on the 2nd July 1949.

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