Richard Challoner School

Who is the patron saint of mental illness?

"For centuries, the town of Gheel, Belgium, has been a place of pilgrimage for those afflicted with mental disorders. They are drawn by the tall, beautiful church that stands in the midst of the town—a church dedicated to the patroness of mental disorders. The people of Gheel have traditionally welcomed these pilgrims not only as visitors to their town but as guests and residents in their own homes.

Why is this place such a haven for these sufferers? Who is the saint honored in the church of Gheel?"

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