Our Lady of Laus

statues depicting the apparition of Notre-Dame du Laus to Benoite Rencurel; date and artist unknown; photographed on 24 August 2009 by moi-même; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Our Lady Refuge of Sinners


  • first Monday of Pentecost


A series of apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the the shepherdess visionary Benoîte Rencurel that began in 1664. Mary‘s message was a call to repentence, and she asked for the construction of a church and house for priests as a foundation for a site of pilgrims to seek greater conversion especially through the sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sanctuaire that developed now draws 120,000 pilgrims a year. Many healings, spiritual and physical, have been reported.



344 year ago, Our Lady chose to address a simple shepherdess to open the way of penitence and conversion, to invite pilgrims to reconcile themselves with the world and with God. I recognize the supernatural origin of the apparitions and the events and words experienced and narrated by Benedicta Rencurel. I encourage all of the faithful to come and pray and seek spiritual renewal at this shrine. Nobody is obliged to believe in apparitions, even in those officially recognized, but if they help us in our faith and our daily lives, why should we reject them? Bishop Jean-Michel de Falco

Queen of Laus, kind and loving Mother, hear our pious pleas. Your son always hears your prayers, and you always hear your children. O pure Virgin, ceaselessly watch over our hearts from heaven. Let no dirt tarnish the heavenly whiteness. Be our support in virtue, all-powerful Virgin, and guide our feeble steps. If we fall, Compassionate Mother, kindly embrace us in your arms. Give us shelter under your wings when the storms burst with fury, spare us from cruel agony, and may the sinner repent with true remorse. Leave us not at our last hour, but let us sleep in peace at your maternal breast. And once awakening, drawing back the veil, we will see you in the splendor of heaven. Our Lady of Laus, Refuge of sinners, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Amen.

MLA Citation

  • “Our Lady of Laus“. CatholicSaints.Info. 7 July 2016. Web. 21 October 2016. <>