The Shrine, Dedicated to Mary under her Vatican II titles of Mother of the Church and Model of All Christians, is located at St. Joseph Parish in Bowling Green, Kentucky. There is a sign, symbol, and center dedicated to the veneration of the Mother of God, erected in accordance with the public law of the church to promote authentic Marian devotion. This work is supported by the Diocesan Marian Shrine Committee.
The Shrine, blessed on May 7, 1989 by the most Rev. John J. McRaith, Bishop of Owensboro, has nine stained glass windows commemorating Cana, Guadalupe, La Salette, Miraculous Medal, Tri-Millennium 2000, Legion of Mary, Lourdes, Fatima, and Tre Fontane, a large window recalling the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima and the visionaries- Blessed Francesco, Jacinta, and Sister Lucy – and three life-size windows of St. Peter, St. Paul and the Jesus of Mercy.
The Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the Shrine and weekday masses, a public Rosary, and periodic Novenas are offered. Your intentions are always welcome.
The Shrine is open to everyone, including those not of the Catholic faith. Both group and individual pilgrimages to the Shrine are always welcome.
The Marian Shrine Chapel is available around the clock for private adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The sacrament is held in a beautiful tabernacle that has both a locking door, but also a little glass window through which the host can be seen. When you make your visit, simply approach the tabernacle, make an act of reverence, and open the little circular door on the front of the tabernacle. Then spend your time in the chapel. After you are finished, if no one else is in the chapel, simply approach the tabernacle again and close the door.
There is a code to access the chapel. To obtain this code, simply visit the St. Joseph Church Office during business hours: Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 3 PM. The staff will assist you.
Daily Mass is also offered in the chapel each morning: Monday – Friday at 7:15 AM.
The Shrine sponsors multiple events throughout the year including a conference, YOUTH 2000, and a Marian Congress. You will find information regarding these events on this page as it becomes available.