Every September 15th, the Catholic community in Guyana heads to Sinnamary, a shrine dedicated to world peace, for an annual diocesan pilgrimage on the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Sinnamary is a small town located 112 km from Cayenne, the capital of Guyana. The name comes from the Latin motto “nihil sine Maria” —nothing without Mary.
On July 16, 1952, responding to Pope Pius XII’s call to pray for world peace, especially in Palestine, Archbishop Alfred Marie, first bishop of Guyana, instituted this diocesan pilgrimage and made the parish of Our Lady of Sorrows in Sinnamary a pilgrimage center in honor of the Blessed Virgin.
So every year on September 15th or on the nearest Sunday, Catholics go to the site to make the resolutions requested by the Blessed Virgin —to change their lives by respecting God’s law, to be generous in making sacrifices, and to have faith in the power of the Rosary and the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.