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99th Feast of Madonna Della Cava [Photo Gallery]

The Madonna Della Cava Society of Boston’s North End held their 99th annual feast on the weekend of August 9-11, 2019. With food vendors and nightly entertainment, the MDC society brought out the image of Maria SS Della Cava, Principal Patron of Pietraperzia, Sicily, and processed until dark throughout Boston’s North End.

Joseph “Cool Joe” Buceta Way was unveiled at the feast in memory of the late MDC Society member. On hand for the festivities was Fr. Claude of Saint Leonard Church, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards. (Click to enlarge photos.)

The society honors Maria SS Della Cava, Principal Patron of Pietraperzia, Sicily. Her image was rediscovered miraculously in the year 1223 by a mute from Trapani who was directed by Our Lady to proceed to the outskirts of the town where her portrait would be found. In the process, his speech and hearing were restored. The first words emitted by the mute were, “VIVA MARIA SS DELLA CAVA.” Read more at the society’s website,

Photos by Matt Conti.