The chapel was built on Abbot Pierre Joseph Poncelet’s initiative (1823-1892). This first place of worship in Gaume dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette was erected in recognition of various favours among which the healing of Abbot Poncelet’s sister. A pilgrimage with a procession to the chapel has been organized since 1856. The same year, Abbot Poncelet founded the “Confrérie Notre-Dame de la Salette”, linked to the arch-fraternity of Grenoble. In 1996, the village congregation celebrated the 140th anniversary of the construction of the chapel in an atmosphere of intense piety and of return to the roots. On the Thursday before the pilgrimage, more than 150 believers young and not so young gathered, as in the best days of Marian traditions, to say the rosary. On the Sunday afternoon, hundreds of pilgrims did the procession in company with the “Harmonie Royale Saint-Pierre” of Ethe.
Notes: This is a rare example of a rather recent devotion cult (1846) (one also takes place in Villers-sur-Semois). On 19th September 1846, the Virgin Mary appeared to two young shepherds (Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud) in the diocese of Grenoble on the mountain of La Salette (Isère, France).