• After the builder gave name to the Church and established a regular indulgence feast of its title, it became remarkably well known in the 16th century. Pilgrims from the furthest places in Lithuania and even from the Protestant dominant land over the river Nemunas were coming to this Feast.
  • After the wave of Reformation went over Lithuania and the church of Šiluva was rebuilt, thousands of people started coming to the reinstated Indulgence Feast of Šilinės.
  • In 1775 after getting the permission from Pope Pius VI, the Feast became a whole octave – it was celebrated from September 8th to 15th.
  • The Soviet militia could not stop believers flooding Šiluva.
  • During the Feast, around 50 000 communion wafers were given out. (LCCC, 1974).
  • Today we dedicate each day of the celebration to Lithuanian military, police, medics, Catholic communities, priests and monks, families and young people.
  • Every year the Feast is visited by around 50-75 thousand people.