Our Lady of Good Help Chapel

Our Lady of Good Help Chapel (Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours) in St. Norbert on Boxing Day - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 26, 2012: Our Lady of Good Help Chapel in St. Norbert suburb of Winnipeg is one of the few open-air religious structures that still exist in Manitoba. This tiny chapel has a rich history.

History: Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours

In 1870, Father Noël-Joseph Ritchot (1825-1905) began the construction of the Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours (Our Lady of Good Help Chapel) dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Father Ritchot credited the Virgin with intercession in the 1869-70 dispute between the Metis nation and the Government of Canada. That dispute, settled through negotiation, resulted in the inclusion of Metis land, language, and school rights in The Manitoba Act of 1870, the basis of the Red River Settlement’s entry into Confederation as a province (Manitoba) rather than a territory.

Chapels, shrines, grottoes, and wayside crosses once dotted the Manitoba landscape. This chapel is one of only a few open-air religious structures remaining in the province. The interior finishes, statue, and furnishings are unparalleled in any other similar structure. The original panelled ceiling, now housed in the adjacent St. Norbert Catholic Parish Church, was painted in the mid-1880s by Constantin Tauffenbach, a German born artist.

In 1989, the chapel was declared a Manitoba provincial heritage site.

Interior of St. Norbert Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours (Our Lady of Good Help Chapel) - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 26, 2012: Interior of Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours



Painting on the Ceiling of St. Norbert Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours (Our Lady of Good Help Chapel) by Constantin Tauffenbach - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 26, 2012: The exquisite painting on the ceiling of this chapel was painted in the mid-1880s by Constantin Tauffenbach and the original is now housed in St. Norbert Catholic Parish Church.

St. Norbert Catholic Parish Church in Winter Morning during Christmas Holidays - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 26, 2012: St. Norbert Catholic Parish Church across from Our Lady of Good Help Chapel

Map & Driving Direction

Exact location of this francophone chapel is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).


EXTERNAL LINK

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