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The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, a monastic community living according to the Rule of St. Benedict, have been a part of the Northwest Missouri community since 1874. The sisters welcome guests.
The Adoration Chapel, a Romanesque building that took more than 10 years to construct, was dedicated in 1911. The breathtaking interior is decorated in beautiful mosaics and colorful stencil work created in Germany. Master woodworkers carved the golden oak choir stalls, and the marble was imported from Italy and Scotland. The main altar and two side altars are made of white Carrara marble, with pillars of onyx and Siena marble. The gorgeous stained glass windows and mosaics were built in Innsbruck, Austria. The 25-foot by 24-foot mosaic of Christ, located above the altar, was one of the largest of its kind when the chapel was built.
Hand-built by a single Franciscan Monk from Poland, this peaceful shrine is named for Our Lady of Czestochowa, known in Poland as the Black Madonna. Constructed of Missouri tiff rock, the shrine contains mosaics and rock sculptures.
Benedictine monastery founded in 1873. The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, with its rare example of Beuronese murals, was dedicated in 1891. Visit the Abbey Center for prayer and ministry. Tours offered by appointment.
A beautiful shrine dedicated to mothers. It features a 14-foot stainless steel sculpture of Mary. Names of mothers are engraved in the polished black granite. In a setting of fountains and flowers in the woods along Route 5.
Run your hands through the cooling waters; stroll the Avenue of the Flags; walk the Prayer Path; enjoy the music of the Carillion bells; and absorb the serenity of the Shrine. You can have your loved one’s name engraved on the Mothers Wall of Life.
Memorial Day through Labor Day, outdoor services are held: Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m. The gift shop is open after the Mass on weekends.
If you use a GPS device to find the shrine, you need to enter 176 N. Main St. as the address.
Saint Mary's of the Barrens Historic District was founded in 1818; the church was started in 1827. The Shrine was built in 1929 to honor our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The church is modeled after the Vincentian Motherhouse chapel in Rome, Monte Citorio. The church is decorated with paintings and has intricate design work on the walls and ceilings. It is a national center for Marian devotion.
Visitors are welcome for daily Mass. Visitors are welcome to walk the beautifully landscaped grounds and visit our outdoor Marian Grotto.
Tours are available. Please call or visit our website for details.
Saint Catherine Labouré (1806–1876): Shortly after Catherine Labouré joined the Daughters of Charity, a religious order devoted to serving the poor, she reportedly began having visions of the Virgin Mary. In one, she was shown the design for what has come to be known as the Miraculous Medal, now worn by Christians the world over. Her role in the medal's creation was concealed until after her death, so she lived out her life in relative obscurity. In 1947, she was canonized by Pope Pius XII.
The Cathedral is home to the largest collection of mosaic art in the western hemisphere, probably the world – mosaics literally cover the walls.
Construction of the church began in 1907. In 1997, the Cathedral was designated a Cathedral Basilica by Pope John Paul II. He honored the Cathedral Basilica with a visit during his history-making visit to the United States, in October of 1999. The Cathedral is open daily for masses and self-guided tours.
The lower level holds the Mosaic Museum, containing displays showing how mosaics are designed and applied. The museum contains the original Kilgen organ console; the throne used during the visit of Pope John Paul II; and a collection of historic vestments and precious objects used in the various rites of the Church. Admission to the museum is $2.
There is a crypt where the remains of Saint Louis’s Cardinals and Archbishops are interred. The needlepoint prie-dieux in the crypt were created by members of the parish for the use of Pope John Paul II during his 1999 visit.
World headquarters of Unity, a worldwide movement of prayer and education. The 1,400-acre grounds and gardens, fountains and buildings reflect the Spanish architectural tradition. Free tours. On the National Register of Historic Places.
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