Lejac is situated along the highway, a two-hour drive west of Prince George, between Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake. Every summer on the second weekend of July a three-day pilgrimage is held on the grounds where the Lejac Indian Residential School once stood.
Rose Prince of the Carrier Nation
Most of the greatest saints are not known to us. In life their holiness was hidden from our eyes and known only to heaven. They drew no attention to themselves but lived quiet and gentle lives of prayer and service to others. Yet sometimes God in his mercy reveals a glimpse of the greatness that has been in our midst unrecognized. Such is the humble life of Rose Prince of the Carrier Nation in British Columbia.
An Astonishing Discovery
In 1951 it was decided to relocate a few graves that were west of the Lejac Indian Residential School to another larger cemetery nearby. During the transfer the casket of a young woman named Rose Prince broke open. She had been buried two years earlier.
The workers were amazed to find both Rose’s body and clothing perfectly preserved. Other bodies were examined. All of them, some buried after Rose, were found to be decaying. When witnesses were called, including some Sisters, they found her body in perfect condition. She seemed transparent and looked as if she were sleeping. There was “just a tiny little smile on her face”. A bouquet of withered flowers was on her chest.
Among Catholics such bodily incorruption has a very special meaning. The church accepts this as a sign from God which witnesses to the life of great holiness. It is a miracle that reflects the victory of Christ over death and is echoed in the words of Scripture, “You will not allow your holy one to experience decay” (Acts 13:35).
Over the centuries the bodies of some holy people have remained intact long after their death. About two hundred such cases have been known. Unlike a mummy, these bodies remain intact, fresh and pliable. This state lasts sometimes only a few years and other times much longer.
The discovery of Rose Prince’s body in such a state reminded witnesses of the holy life this young First Nations woman lived and how such a quiet and humble life is a sign of the hidden grace of the mercy of God.
(Text from the Diocese of Prince George’s website.)