St. Rosalie Procession
The annual St. Rosalie Procession celebrates one of Kenner’s oldest and most meaningful traditions. In 1855, Italian immigrants settled into the Kenner area on the tract of land spanning from what is now the intersection of Williams Boulevard and Kenner Avenue to the St. Charles Parish line.
Although this community began to thrive quickly, it was vulnerable in its infancy stages. Completely dependent on the growth of produce and health of livestock, tragedy struck in 1898 when an epidemic of “Charbon,” (commonly known today as Anthrax) infiltrated the area. Without the sale of vegetables and livestock, the immigrants would have no means to feed and care for their families.
Desperate for help, the farmers prayed for the intercession of St. Rosalie, the patron saint of Sicily, and asked her to stop this devastating epidemic that was quickly killing their crops and livestock. The prayers of these farmers were so powerful, that the skies opened and a long rain fell, in turn, stopping the spread of the disease.
The grateful farmers were in awe of St. Rosalie’s grace and promised an annual procession through the streets of their community in her honor. That year, in 1898, the first St. Rosalie procession took place and the residents of Kenner have continued to honor her for 119 years. Throughout this three mile procession of faith and prayer, participants carry a St. Rosalie statue and symbolic relics.
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017
Where: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1908 Short Street Meatball and Sausage Dinner: Will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mass: 3 p.m. Procession: 4 p.m. Benediction: 6 p.m. For more information regarding this spiritual event, please contact the OLPH at (504) 464-0361.