A priest discovers a pig chewing on a rosary. What he does next transforms his parish into a national shrine.
Stylized recreations recount the journey of the Cape’s earliest missionaries, the miracle of the ice bridge over the St. Lawrence River in 1879 and the Prodigy of the Eyes where a statue of Our Lady came to life in the presence of three men in the small shrine. The film features Blessed Frédéric Janssoone played by Bishop Scott McCaig, CC, and Fr. Luc Desilets played by Fr. Ben St. Croix, CC. The faithful witness of these two priests would bring about the birth of the now famous shrine at Cap-de-la-Madeleine.
Featuring interviews with Bishop Pierre-Olivier Tremblay, Bishop of the diocese of Trois-Rivières; Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Fr. Lawrence Lew, Dominican Promoter General of the Holy Rosary; Fr. Roger Vandenakker, General Superior of the Companions of the Cross and Fr. Mark Goring, CC, the film gives witness to the efficacy of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary as a means of conversion, miracles and hope for our troubled and divided world.
Bridge of Roses: The Story of Our Lady of the Cape is based primarily on the 1954 book, Our Lady of the Cape, by James Gerard Shaw.
Shaw first visited Our Lady of the Cape as feature editor for the British United Press on August 15, 1948 - the day Isabelle Naud went home from the Blessing of the Sick and rose from the wheelchair she had been tied to for 10 years. In 1950, he succeeded Fr. John Mole, OMI, as editor of Our Lady of the Cape magazine, a position he left in 1953 to devote himself to writing books.
Shaw's unique insight, writing at the height of Marian piety in Canada, and with access to the exhaustive archives at the Cape, reveals many crucial details long forgotten about the extraordinary story of Canada's spiritual heritage.... A careful listen is almost certainly bound to lead the listener to a "Cape Conversion; the 'aha' moment one experiences upon discovering - the length, depth and breadth of Heaven's divine design through the founding of Cap-de-la-Madeleine and the story of Our Lady of the Cape".