A place for mothers
The National Shrine of Mary
are special people, so much so that since 1908 we have set aside a day
in May in honor of all mothers. This year consider taking your mother
to Laurie. Here you will find the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of
the Church named for the world’s most famous mother but devoted
to all mothers.
The outdoor shrine is located on the grounds of St. Patrick’s
Church, which has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
It occupies a natural grotto surrounded by trees.
A large revolving statue depicting Mary as a young mother dominates
the site. The 14-foot-tall stainless steel sculpture has her arms outstretched,
as if welcoming all to her embrace. It towers over the black granite
base on which sons and daughters have commemorated mothers living and
deceased by paying to have their names inscribed in the stone.
From the base of the statue a waterfall and a fountain join the chorus
of ever-present songbirds to make this a peaceful spot to relax.
This is a place to walk in solitude past the avenue of flags, to sniff
the fragrance of 25,000 flowers when they are in bloom or to take part
in one of the weekend services while seated on the terraced hillside.
The shrine is located just north of Laurie on Highway 5. For more information
call (573) 374-6279. A Web site can be found at www.mothersshrine.org.