A diocesan sanctuary

The Shrine of Our Lady of All Mercy at Pellevoisin is a diocesan shrine belonging to the Archdiocese of Bourges. In the year of the Apparitions in 1876, the Archbishop, Monseigneur de La Tour d’Auvergne, authorised prayer and worship in the room of Estelle, the visionary, and the following year he sent his Vicar General to preside over the first pilgrimage. Since then, the support of the Archbishops has not wavered. As an exception, we should mention that the shrine experienced difficult times in the early 1900s, under the episcopate of Bishop Servonnet, who was not very favourable to it.

Pilgrimages followed one another almost without interruption, and the influence of the shrine continued to grow, both in the Archdiocese and elsewhere in France and abroad.

The Archbishop is regularly present at the annual pilgrimage, which takes place on the last weekend of August, while a bishop from the apostolic region comes to preside on Sundays.

In 2017, the presidency was held by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, whose family originates from the Indre.

The current bishop, Monsignor Jérôme Beau, appointed in 2018, is attentive to the development of the message of the shrine. Thus, on the occasion of the arrival in Pellevoisin of the pilgrimage of the great “M of Mary” on 12 September 2020, he dedicated his diocese of Bourges to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and solemnly crowned the Virgin of Pellevoisin. But above all, we will remember that Bishop Beau proceeded that same year to launch the opening of the process for the beatification of Estelle Faguette.