A procession of the St. Anne statue and veneration of the relic followed the Sunday afternoon service on the church grounds on the sacred island Mniku. After being forced to cancel the 2020 Mission to St. Anne, thousands returned to Potlotek First Nation and the adjacent island for the five-day mission event that honours the patron saint of the Mi’Kmaq people.
Photos by Dana MacPhail Touesnard
As part of the five-day St. Anne Mission, many of the community’s babies are baptized while older children (pictured) celebrate their first holy communion.
Deacon Thomas Sylliboy (pictured at the microphone) is one of the organizers of the annual mission.
Continuing COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in smaller numbers at the 2021 St. Anne Mission but it has still brought hundreds to the area, many in trailers and camping sites on the mainland side (pictured), while others camp on the island, Mniku, which is only two kilometres long and one kilometre wide.
After being forced to cancel the 2020 mission to St. Anne due to COVID-related public health restrictions, thousands returned to Potlotek First Nation and the adjacent island of Mniku (accessible only by boat) for the five-day mission event that honours the patron saint of the Mi’Kmaq people.
The priests and deacons who conducted the Sunday service on the island of Mniku went into the crowd to offer communion during the outdoor service.