National Shrine of MaryMother of the Church

Mother of the Church

  • Behold Thy Mother
    Behold Thy Mother
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    Our summer crowd
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

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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

Friday, Feb 24 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday, Feb 25 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Feb 26 at 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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We all know that life actually begins at the moment of conception, but here's a talking point for your friends who do not share that viewpoint. At only 18 days in the mother's womb her baby's
heart begins to beat. The question that needs to be answered is “if the absence of a Heartbeat is an indication of the end of Life, then why isn't the presence of a Heartbeat an indication of the beginning of Life”??? In that case, any Abortion performed after 18 days truly results in the "Taking of a Human Life"... Please give that some thought... And, remember “It's not who you are, but Whose you are”...
Video credit: Anita Harmon
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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