On the Feast of the Assumption August 15, 1988, the site of the future shrine was blessed and construction began.
The sculpture of Mary was installed and on September 13, 1992, this magnificent shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church Shrine, was dedicated by Bishop McAuliffe. In 2003 the Shrine was formally designated as a National Shrine. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as we see her here, is an ageless young woman, warm and loving, welcoming everyone to her son. She walked this earth, she held her Son in her arms, she is a mother, she is your mother.