National Shrine of MaryMother of the Church

Mother of the Church

Visiting the Shrine:

The Mothers’ Shrine
The National 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’ Wall of Life has become a major attraction honoring mothers and motherhood. 
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.
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. Click Here for more info. Both events are free.  Of course, donations are always appreciated.
While visiting the shrine, be sure to make the rounds to our other features:
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