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Stony Point, NY 10980
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Why visit the Shrine?

"A Place set apart..."

The Lourdes Shrine

  • The Marian Shrine is located on a 160 wooded acre in Stony Point, NY. 

  • The Marian Shrine is a place to relax, reflect and pray.

  • It is an apostolate of the Salesians of St. John 'Don' Bosco. 

  • It reflects the Salesian's love of Mary, Help of Christians, traditional Roman Catholic devotions, love of the Sacraments and desire to bring young people to Christ.

  • This shrine is located at the entrance of the Rosary way.

The Entrance to the Shrine Chapel
  Pilgrimage center.  A pavilion chapel stood where the present chapel stands.  The former chapel was completed in the spring of 1965 and the name of the place was changed to "The Marian Shrine" in 1967.  The small chapel couldn't hold all the people that came for prayer.  A new Chapel was erected in 2006.

The Fatima Shrine
The Fatima Shrine

For the weekend of August 15 - 18 1968, the pilgrim statue from Fatima (along with the Bishop of Fatima) was here at the shrine, the crowd for the main Mass on August 15 was estimated at 10,000 people. 

On the 13th of each month from May to October 1917, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to three shepherd children - Lúcia dos Santos (age 10) and her cousins Jacinta (age 7) and Francisco Marto (age 9) - in the fields outside the village of Aljustrel near Fatima. The children later said that her coming had been preceded by an "angel of peace" who appeared in 1916. Lúcia described her vision of Mary as "more brilliant than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal glass filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun."

According to Lúcia's account, Mary exhorted the children to do penance to save sinners. Most important, she asked them to say the Rosary every day. She reiterated many times that devotion to the Rosary was the key to personal and world peace.

Lúcia later reported that during the second apparition on June 13, the Virgin Mary predicted the deaths of two of the children. When Lúcia asked the Virgin to take them to heaven soon, Mary replied, "Yes, I shall take Jacinta and Francisco soon, but you will remain a little longer, since Jesus wishes you to make me known and loved on earth. He wishes also for you to establish devotion in the world to my Immaculate Heart."

The Rosary Madonna
48 Ft. tall Rosary Madonna

On a tranquil rise in the Hudson Valley, a 48 ft. tall bronze Virgin Mary gazes eastward. It's the big attraction at the Marian Shrine and Don Bosco Retreat Center. The sleekly sculpted "Rosary Madonna" slings a giant loop of rosary beads.

The statue was cast in Italy in 1959, blessed by the Pope, and stood at Good Counsel College in White Plains, NY until 1977. Then it was donated and moved to the Marian Shrine, where it stands on "a star-shaped base, like the Statue of Liberty," as explained on a nearby sign.

The stroll up to the statue passes by modern, stylized stone sculptures of the Stations of the Cross.

The statue is truly mind-boggling, especially tucked away in this little suburban spot so close to New York City. Its presence seems improbable, which is much of its charm.

It is viewable from the car if you drive in far enough.

Outside the Retreat Center one notices a subdued stone monument to aborted babies, and a life-sized statue of a priest -- Don Bosco -- comforting two admiring boys above a sign: "Anyone in trouble is my friend."

Padre Pio
Padre Pio Shrine

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (25 May 1887 – 23 September 1968) was a Capuchin priest from Italy who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church.

He was popularly known as Padre Pio after his ordination to the priesthood.

He became famous for his stigmata.

On 16 June 2002, he was canonized by Pope John Paul II.

On 1 July 2004, Pope John Paul II dedicated the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church in San Giovanni Rotondo to the memory of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

A statue of Saint Pio in Messina, Sicily attracted attention in 2002 when it allegedly wept tears of blood. Padre Pio has become one of the world's most popular saints.

Outdoor Shrine

Outdoor Shrine to Mary Help of Christian
In the Marian Year 1954 an outdoor altar of white marble was erected and the Rosary way built, including 15 life-sized statues of the mysteries of the rosary in Italian marble and a shamrock-shaped entry way. The Rosary Way, was formally blessed by Salesian Bishop Stephen Ferrando of Krishnagar, India on May 6, 1956. Later a picnic area , snack bar and rest rooms were added in the vicinity. Under the loving care of Father Lomagno, the Shrine developed in a major operation.

The outdoor Shrine can sit over 500 people.  Many a convention were held at this place on the grounds.  The atmosphere is peaceful and conducive to prayer. 

Stations of the cross

  Station of the Cross

The Stations of the cross come to life in Lent.  The pilgrims spend hours praying before these life-size images.

Walking the pilgrim way and momentarily stopping at each station to reflect before each statue is an experience in itself. 

Don Bosco
      Don Bosco

St. John Bosco, affectionately known as Don Bosco (Don signifying Priest in Italian) founded the Salesians of Don Bosco.  He worked for the welfare of young people and their souls. 

He had a deep love for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He spread devotion to her under the title of "Mary Help of Christians." 

The Salesians of Don Bosco love our Blessed Mother and work tirelessly to make her known and loved. 

It is no surprise that the Salesians have a Shrine dedicate to Mary Help of Christians. 

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

There are two main picnic areas on the grounds. 

One is a pavilion near the Shrine Chapel.

The other is near the side entrance of the Retreat Center. 

Come Rest a while... find peace
Spending time in silence will put one in touch with oneself and with God