Saint Anne’s Shrine is located on Lake Champlain in Isle La Motte and is a religious and historical attraction. Site of the former Fort St. Anne, the oldest settlement and where the first Catholic Mass was celebrated in Vermont.
Pilgrimage season is May-October, with outdoor weekend Masses. Daily Masses during July/ August. The gift shop sells religious items, books and VT products. History room/visitor center, beach, dock and many picnic tables. No admission cost.
With over 30 acres of property, the Mother’s Garden, Way of the Cross, various saint statues in grottos and outdoor pavilion provide tranquility and a place to pray. The statue of St. Anne in the A-frame, grotto of Mary and the Chapel, built in 1909, have devotional candles and space for private prayer. Hosting religious/other group retreats, a Summer Reflection series during July/August and their café is open on Sundays for breakfast and Wednesdays for lunch mid-June through Labor Day.
Groups welcome with a reservation. Saint Anne’s Shrine is under the sponsorship of the Society of Saint Edmund.