The Solemn Novena to St. Ann in Scranton is Rooted in the Area's Coal History
In 1949 the estimated attendance at the Solemn Novena to St. Ann in Scranton was 100,000. Today, it's said to be at least 10,000. A novena is a nine-day period of prayer in the Roman Catholic tradition, usually to a particular saint in preparation for their feast day, according to St. Ann's Monastery & Basilica in Scranton, where they hold a solemn novena to St. Ann each year from July 17 to July 26, her feast day.
Father Robert Carbonneau, a priest in the Passionist Congregation, with a PhD in American History from Georgetown, is Passionist Historian and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton. He spoke recently with Keystone Edition's Erika Funke about the longstanding tradition
Father Robert Carbonneau, a priest in the Passionist Congregation, Passionist Historian & Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Scranton, speaking with Keystone Edition 's Erika Funke about the annual Solemn Novena to St. Ann at St. Ann's Basilica in Scranton, running through July 26.