National Shrine of MaryMother of the Church

Mother of the Church

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Behold Thy Mother
Behold Thy Mother

"With What Price We Pay for the Glory of Motherhood."

Give the gift that lasts more than a lifetime by engraving your name.

Welcome to the National Shrine of Mary,

Mother of the Church

"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 as 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 and deceased.  Patrons can visit the Shrine at any time to view these names.  Patrons can also purchase space for future engravings.

Father John Schmitz, Pastor

Special Events

Winter Mass Schedule:

SAT 4:00pm

SUN 9:00am
Monday thru Friday 9:00am
Rosary-prayed daily at 8:30am
Grounds open at all times.

Up Coming Events

Tuesday, Jan 17 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, Jan 18 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, Jan 19 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday, Jan 20 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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Sixth Annual
MidWest March for Life
will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 with activities beginning at 8am at the St Peter's Selinger Center which will house numerous life affirming booths, vendors and food. Pre Rally outside Selinger Center beginning at 9:30pm. March will begin from there at 10am. Rally inside Capitol rotunda beginning at 10:30am. Guest speakers, Ryan Bomberger of the Radiance
Foundation, whose teen mom chose life for her child conceived in rape. Ryan is an incredible speaker and communication strategist. Dr Vansen Wong, a former abortion
provider, will deliver his story of conversion and how God has used him to save lives. Back to Selinger Center for lunch fundraiser by KOC Council St Peter's Fulton. Honor Guard, call for information. Stay tuned for more updates!

Call for information: 573 340 8444

You may purchase a slab of granite, which will be approxi-mately 46 inches wide, for $6,000.00, which will be on the long side walls leading down to the altar. This donation will give you the top line of that slab. There will be a total of 30 slabs, 15 slabs per side, it is a tax deductible contribution that you can use before the end of the year.

The new granite will provide an opportunity for more mothers’ names to be engraved on the Mothers’ Wall of Life as well as honor the Blessed Mother by beautifying her Shrine.

Have a loved ones name engraved on the Mothers’ Wall anytime, $400.…...the gift that is always appropriate.
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Why not consider doing something unexpected and unique for your mother or a special mother that you know; something that would demonstrate our gratitude for everything she has done.

Mothers do not ask for anything in return for their limitless love and admiration for their children. All they want is happiness for their children. However, we should let our moms know they are appreciated and truly loved. Their hard work should never be overlooked.

The "Mothers’ Wall of Life" features the names of mothers throughout the world.  There are currently over 4,000 names of mothers from around the world engraved in the polished black granite surrounding the 14 foot stainless steel sculpture of Mary.  Engraving are every 6 weeks April through October. The only requirement is to be a mother in any sense of the word, living or deceased, regardless of race, color or religious affiliation.  Price is $400.00 to engrave a name in granite that will last a lifetime.
Add A Mother's Name. "ClickHere"

OR, have your Mother's or Loved One's Name posted on our

"Online" Virtual Wall

Place a name for a Tribute or Celebration:
to a loved one or mother you love to be displayed for $25.00.

The name would be displayed, plus the celebration or tribute would also be listed. Great Birthday, Anniversary, or Special Occasion gift. Displayed & Posted on this Website.
Add a Name to the Virtual Wall