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La Salette, France: Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette


The story of La Salette:

The village of La Salette is in the French Alps not far from Grenoble. On Saturday afternoon, September 19, 1846, Maximim Giraud, a boy age 11 and Melanie Mathieu-Calvat, a girl age 14, were were tending sheep when they were attracted to a brilliant light in a ravine.

The figure of a crowned woman with a radiant dress and rose-edged slippers gradually became visible. She was crying and wore a golden crucifix…the youths thought that she was a ‘saint’.

She spoke first to both of them, then gave each a ‘secret’ individually. After a final admonition to both to ‘make this known’ she rose in the air looking heavenward in joy, glanced momentarily toward Rome, and then gradually disappeared. Melanie and Maximim told their fellow townspeople of the vision, but met with initial unbelief (with the exception of Fr. Perrin, the parish priest, who announced the event during Mass).

As time progressed, conversions (including Maximim’s father and a locally known rebellious priest) and over 23 healings associated with a stream of water which flowed again from a dried-up spring at the apparition site, made the townsfolk reformed and firm believers.

A three-year investigation led to the Bishop’s approval of the apparition. Construction began a year later on a basilica which draws thousands of pilgrims to honor the ‘Virgin of Converts’, the ‘Reconciler of Sinners’.

We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette on September 19.

Here is a sampling of Our Lady’s messages:

“If my people will not submit, I shall be forced to let fall the arm of my Son. It is so strong, so heavy, that I can no longer withhold it.”

A forerunner of the antichrist with his troops from several nations will fight against the true Christ, the only Savior of the world; he will spill much blood, and will want to annihilate the worship of God in order to make himself be looked upon as a God.”

Joseph Goebbels said in 1936: “Germany has been transformed into a great house of the Lord where the Fuehrer as our mediator stands before the throne of God.”

In 1937. Pope Pius XI condemned Adolf Hitler for “placing himself on the same level as Christ.”

Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist.” (Another secret states that the Pope shall be faithful to the end.)

Fight, children of light, you the small number who can see; for behold the time of times, the end of ends.”

Note:  There is great division among those who have read the messages as to when these events  might occur.

Check out this book: Melanie and the story of Our Lady of La Salette on all the messages of La Salette.

You might also find this youtube video to be interesting.


Traveling to La Salette:

LaSalette is a bit isolated and so it is not on many Catholic tours of France. There are, however, some tour operators that do offer La Salette in their itineraries so check around to see if you can find one.

The setting, as you can see here, is naturally beautiful and the atmosphere very peaceful. If you are traveling on your own and don’t have a car, then the best way to reach La Salette is by train from Paris or other cities in France. The high-speed TGV trains from Paris can get you to Grenoble in about 4 hours and then switch to the regional train which will take you to Gap (the nearest town) in a little over 1 hour. Likewise, from Marseille you would take the TGV as far as Grenoble, then transfer.   Get train & bus schedules, see fares & buy tickets here

From Gap you can take a taxi to La Salette.


The Feast day of Our Lady of La Salette is celebrated on September 19th so you can be sure there will be crowds on that date.

Address: 38970 La Salette-Fallavaux

GPS coordinates: 44° 51′ 27.9612” N, 5° 58′ 43.6584” E

Tel: +33 (0) 30 476 32 90

email: reception@lasalette.cef.fr

Click here for the official website of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette (in French)

There is also a National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in the U.S. at Attleboro, Massachusetts

In Poland, you can find a Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette in Debowiec

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2 thoughts on “France, La Salette: Our Lady of La Salette”

  1. Does the Shrine need any volunteers? I am compelled by the message of The Blessed Virgin at La Salette to eagerly want to give of my time and prayers. The image of Our Lady in tears makes me want to console Her all day long. Yes, as She said she gives us so much and we give so little.

    • Robin, the website does have a place to sign up to volunteer. http://lasalette.cef.fr/Devenez-benevole-a-la-Salette-999 You can select your language at the top of the page. I had the privileged to travel to La Salette due to a business trip in the area. The area has breath taking natural beauty being in the mountains. But it’s remote, and much smaller than Lourdes or Fatima. During my day visit there, I arrived to Mass going on with a a packed Church of bus visitors from Italy. I arrived near the end of Mass, and while I didn’t understand a word, I could feel the holiness of so many on a journey to better know our Lady. You could check the website for information on volunteering activities, but I think an understanding of French and or Italian in addition to English would be a benefit. I’d suggest you also consider the national shrine in Massachusetts if you’re from the US. It’s about an hour from Boston. The location in Massachusetts doesn’t have the natural beauty of the french location in the mountains, but it is also a very holy place to worship.


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