Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Summer Walk at MaryLake

 

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One afternoon this past week my friend and I took a drive over to Marylake-Our Lake of Grace Shrine in King Township.  We were looking for photos for a photography class.

Originally the farm and summer home of Sir Henry Pellatt (Casa Loma). During the depression in the thirties the Basilian Fathers established an agricultural school on the property. In 1942, James Cardinal McGuigan, the Archbishop of Toronto, invited the Augustinians to establish a shrine and to offer a program of weekend retreats for lay people. The title Our Lady of Grace comes from an Augustinian shrine in Lisbon, Portugal. The retreat program, initiated in 1943, so prospered that it was necessary to double the facilities for retreatants by adding to the red brick "farmer's house" in the early fifties. In order to house the steadily growing religious community of Augustinians and to provide pilgrims with a place of worship, a new monastery and shrine church were built in the sixties. In 1964, Cardinal McGuigan laid the cornerstone for the new shrine building and it was dedicated in 1978 by Cardinal Carter.  Content copied from website.

It was a very warm afternoon and the climb to the Grace Chapel was up a steep hill. From there were lovely views of MaryLake and the Church below.

I am joining Mary for Mosaic Monday.   Have a great week.

 

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13 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images, The view of Marylake is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, have a great week ahead.

Vee said...

Such a pretty place on earth...I can tell that the walk uphill was well worth it. Lovely images all...

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a pretty mosaic the different shots make!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

With the golden colors and beautiful wood of the church, it makes me think of Fall! Beautiful photos!

Pondside said...

What a beautiful place. I lived in the area for a number of years and yet knew nothing about it.

Heather said...

Great shots, Valerie. Those photography classes are definitely paying off. You've been taking some wonderful photos lately.

Lisa Gordon said...

A beautiful chapel,and this mosaic is absolutely wonderful Valerie.
Have a fantastic beginning to your week.

xo.

Kim, USA said...

Lovely images. I like how you compose your shots!

Thanks for the visit.


Kim,USA

MarmePurl said...

What a lovely place to go walking. Thanks for taking us along!

Lorrie Orr said...

A beautiful place to walk and to enjoy taking photos.

Lavender Cottage said...

Looks like a nice place Val and you did get some nice shots.
Judith

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The gardens there looks beautiful, Valerie. I enjoyed learning about the history of the chuch and area.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Very lovely place, and I apologize for being so late and yet I have arrived;')~