Where do I begin? I haven’t written an essay for years. This journey to the Mothers Shrine began 10 years ago, on September 19, 2003. My mother died at age 74 in a botched surgery. She left her spouse (who died 13 days later), 10 children and 39 grandchildren. My mother is buried in a place where you have to call ahead and get a key to visit her grave. Very cold and surreal. I’ve never felt her there. I believe with all my heart that her spirit...
It was August 2001 and we had a visitor at our lake house, our mother! We had a special weekend planned for her. We had all gathered from our homes around the country. It was Labor Day weekend and we were taking her to The Mothers’ Shrine and surprising her with her name on the Wall. One of my six brothers was flying in from Michigan to the little airport in Jefferson City. That was a surprise also. There are six brothers and me, the only...
THE MOTHER’S DAY ENGRAVING ON THE MOTHERS’ WALL OF LIFE WILL BE APRIL 29. The drawing to WIN A NAME on the Mothers’ Wall of Life will be in April so the name can be engraved before Mother’s Day. You may enter as many times as you like. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. Send your check for as many tickets as you would like to the Mothers’ Shrine, P. O. Box 1250, Laurie, MO 65038. We will fill out the forms for you...
With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.Give the gift that lasts more than a lifetime by engraving your name.
Grounds open at all times.
Daily mass at 9AM.
Donations greatly appreciated!
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 at the summer services. In 2003, the shrine was recognized as the 16th National Shrine in the United States.
The Mother’s Wall is a tribute to all mothers, living or deceased. Patrons can visit the shrine at any time to view these names. Patrons can also purchase space for future engravings.
Fall & Winter Mass Schedule
Saturday evening 5:00 p.m.
Sunday morning 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
While visiting the shrine, be sure to make the rounds to our other features:
• The Mother’s Shrine sculpture
• Fountains beneath the sculpture
• The Mother’s Wall of Life
• St. Patrick’s cathedral
• Avenue of Flags
• Kneeling shrines
• The 10 Commandments
• Statue of St. Patrick