National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church

Mothers Shrine, National Shrine of Mary, Marian Drive, Laurie, Misuri, Združene države Amerike

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The Mother of the Church Shrine was constructed in the mid-1980′s as a way to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer services. See top 15 Catholic shrines in the world

In 2003, the shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States. The Mothers’ Wall is a tribute to all mothers, living or deceased.

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Around the Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church

The serenity found at the Mothers’ Shrine makes this a must stop on your next trip to the Ozarks. Dip your fingers in the cool waters of the fountains, enjoy the beauty of hundreds of flowers, see the flags of 100 nations, take in the sounds of the carillon bells and experience the peace.

  • The Mothers’ Shrine sculpture
  • Fountains beneath the sculpture
  • The Mothers’ Wall of Life
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • The 10 Commandments
  • Statue of St. Patrick
  • Behold Thy Mother Monument
  • Historic St Patrick Church on “O” Road

History of the Mothers Shrine

The shrine was constructed in the mid-1980′s as a way to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer services. In 2003, the shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States.

The Mothers’ Wall is a tribute to all mothers, living or deceased. Patrons can visit the shrine at any time to view these names. Patrons can also purchase space for future engravings.

Father Fred J. Barnett began construction on the Shrine in the mid 1980s as a way to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer services. It was dedicated in 1988 as Mary, Mother of the Church. From those humble beginnings, it has since grown into a National Shrine.
The sculpture of Mary, set in 1992, was sculpted by Don Wiegand, Chesterfield, MO. and commissioned by John Fabick and the Fabick Charitable Trust.

The Board of Directors was established and the first meeting was March 23, 1998. The Board is made up of people throughout the United States.

Around the Mothers’ Shrine

The serenity found at the Mothers’ Shrine makes this a must stop on your next trip to the Ozarks. Dip your fingers in the cool waters of the fountains, enjoy the beauty of hundreds of flowers, see the flags of 100 nations, take in the sounds of the carillon bells and experience the peace.

Visit the Shrine during the Christmas season for the Festival of Lights! Christmas is special at the Shrine with the focus on the true meaning of the season with a drive-through light display. Visitors are greeted with free Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider at the Gift Shop.
All groups and buses are greeted with complimentary cake and coffee.
People also enjoy the Enchanted Village of Lights at the City of Laurie Fairgrounds, an extensive light park within a mile of the Shrine.

Around the Shrine: 

  • The Mothers’ Shrine sculpture
  • Fountains beneath the sculpture
  • The Mothers’ Wall of Life
  • Avenue of Flags
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • The 10 Commandments
  • Statue of St. Patrick
  • Behold Thy Mother Monument
  • Historic St Patrick Church on “O” Road

History of the Mothers Shrine

The shrine was constructed in the mid-1980′s as a way to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer services. In 2003, the shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States.

The Mothers’ Wall is a tribute to all mothers, living or deceased. Patrons can visit the shrine at any time to view these names. Patrons can also purchase space for future engravings.

Father Fred J. Barnett began construction on the Shrine in the mid 1980s as a way to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus and to handle the overflow crowds at the summer services. It was dedicated in 1988 as Mary, Mother of the Church. From those humble beginnings, it has since grown into a National Shrine.
The sculpture of Mary, set in 1992, was sculpted by Don Wiegand, Chesterfield, MO. and commissioned by John Fabick and the Fabick Charitable Trust.

The Board of Directors was established and the first meeting was March 23, 1998. The Board is made up of people throughout the United States.

The first engraving on The Mothers’ Wall of Life was on April 1, 1999. The Mothers’ Wall is a tribute to motherhood and family life, for all mother’s living or deceased, regardless of race, color or creed. There are now 37 states and 13 countries represented on the Wall, making this the most meaningful shrine in the country.

In 2003, Archbishop James P. Keleher, Chairman of the Bishops Committee for National Shrines, and Bishop John R. Gaydos, of the Diocese of Jefferson City, announced that the Mothers’ Shrine had been designated as the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church. This is the sixteenth National Shrine in the United States, and the only recognized National Shrine in Missouri.

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