From 8 to 14 December 1947, L'Île-Bouchard was the site of Marian apparitions. Four girls aged 7 to 12 reported having seen the Virgin Mary and the archangel Gabriel. The site was declared an official pilgrimage of the diocese of Tours on 8 December 2001 by the archbishop Monseigneur André Vingt-Trois. Since 1999, priests and lay persons from Emmanuel Community have been in charge of the pilgrims.
^Bernard Peyrous, Les événements de l’Ile Bouchard. Editions de l’Emmanuel, Paris, 1997 ; Elisabeth Baranger et Bernard Peyrous, Les apparitions de l’Ile Bouchard, Documents authentiques. Editions de l’Emmanuel, Paris, 2002.