Places of Pilgrimage

In Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis states: “The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.”

The Holy Father desires that everyone be given the opportunity to experience pilgrimage. For this reason, he has asked each diocese to designate particular shrines or churches as places of pilgrimage for the faithful in the area.

In the Diocese of Owensboro, we are pleased to offer six pilgrimage sites. You will find information listed below concerning Mass times, reconciliation times and times for Eucharistic adoration as well as some special mercy celebrations that have been planned. In many instances, plans are still being put into place for additional special celebrations throughout the year. We’ll pass that information along to you as it is received.

Out of consideration for the places of pilgrimage, we do ask that if more than 8-10 pilgrims will be visiting any of the following places of pilgrimage, please contact the site first to insure than they can accommodate your group. You may also want to pray a prayer of blessing over any pilgrims from your parish. The Book of Blessings contains “Orders for the Blessing of Pilgrims”, chapter 8.

Saint Stephen Cathedral, Owensboro

610 Locust Street, Owensboro, KY

Contact Person: Michael Bogdan / 270-852-8327
Sunday Mass Schedule: 5:00 PM Saturday; 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM Sunday
Weekday Mass Schedule: 7:00 AM; 12:05 PM
Eucharistic Adoration: First Fridays 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Reconciliation: 9:30 – 11:30 AM on Saturdays; 4:00 – 5:00 PM on Saturdays
Mercy Celebrations: Special celebrations in observance of the Year of Mercy on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 3, 2016).

*The Door of Mercy for the Diocese of Owensboro is located at the Cathedral.


Chapel of Mercy, St. Thomas More Church, Paducah

Chapel of Mercy

5645 Blandville Road, Paducah, KY

Contact Person: Lois Bell / 270-534-9000
Sunday Mass Schedule: 5:30 PM Saturday; 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM (Spanish) Sunday
Weekday Mass Schedule: Monday 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM
Thursday 6:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM
Eucharistic Adoration: Perpetual Adoration in the Chapel of Mercy
Reconciliation: 4:00 – 5:00 PM Saturday
5:30 – 6:00 PM Thursday

Fathers of Mercy, Auburn

Fathers of Mercy, Auburn

806 Shaker Museum Rd., Auburn, KY

Contact Person: Fr. Joel Rogers / 270-361-9613
Sunday Mass Schedule: 10:00 AM
Weekday Mass Schedule: Monday – Saturday, 7:30 AM
Eucharistic Adoration: Daily (every day of the week) Holy Hour: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Year of Mercy Special Hours: Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday from 2:00 – 5:30 PM
Reconciliation: Sunday 9:15 – 10:00 AM and after daily and Sunday Mass
Monday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Marian Shrine, Bowling Green (Located at St. Joseph Parish)

Marian Shrine Inside

434 Church Avenue, Bowling Green, KY

Contact Person: St. Joseph Church Parish Office / 270-842-2525
Sunday Mass Schedule: 5:00 PM Saturday (English); 7:00 PM Saturday (Spanish)
(St. Joseph Church) 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM (English); 12:30 PM (Spanish)
Weekday Mass Schedule: Monday – Friday, 7:00 AM
1st Saturday of every month: 8:30 AM Mass & 1st Saturday devotions
Eucharistic Adoration: Available upon request
Reconciliation: 3:00 -4:30 PM Saturday
5:00 – 6:00 PM Thursday
6:30 – 8:00 PM on Wednesdays of Advent & Lent
Mercy Celebrations: The following are some suggested days for visiting the Marian Shrine:
May 13 (Fatima); June 4 (Immaculate Heart of Mary); July 16 (Carmel); August 15 (Assumption); August 22 (Queenship); September 8 (Nativity of Mary); October 7 (Holy Rosary).

Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church, McQuady

Saint Mary of the Woods, McQuady4711 Highway 105 S, Hardinsburg, KY

Contact Person: Fr. Tony Stevenson / 270-257-2132
Sunday Mass Schedule: 4:00 PM Saturday; 8:00 AM Sunday
Weekday Mass Schedule: 6:00 PM Tuesday; 8:00 AM Thursday
Eucharistic Adoration: First Thursday of the month
Reconciliation: 3:15 – 3:45 PM Saturday

Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, Maple Mount

Mount St. Joseph Chapel

8001 Cummings Rd., Maple Mount, KY

Contact Person: Sister Mary Matthias Ward / 270-229-2011
Sunday Mass Schedule: 11:00 AM Sunday
Weekday Mass Schedule: 7:15 AM Weekdays; 9:00 AM on holidays
Eucharistic Adoration: Each Friday from 3:00 – 5:00 PM ending with Evening Prayer of the Church; Second Sunday of the month from 3:00 – 5:00 PM ending with Evening Prayer of the Church.
Mercy Celebrations: There will be programs offered for days and evenings at the Retreat Center.