Honoring Mary and Mothers Everywhere


The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church is a place of pilgrimage which exalts the Blessed Mother, calls all to pray and reflect and serves as a Catholic voice promoting motherhood and the integrity of family life.




Equipped with humorous personal stories and dynamic authenticity, Maggie delights in bringing the message of the joys of the Gospel to parishes, schools, youth groups, and college campuses around the country.  Maggie graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville Cum Laude with her M.A. in Theology and her B.A. in Catechetics.

“Maggie is a talented and passionate speaker who takes real-life examples and connects them to the Gospel Message. . .”  “She kept our youth engaged, laughing, and on the edge of their seats.”

“Maggie has impressed me with her artistic creativity, professional approach, and ability to engage people of all ages, from senior citizens to middle school students.”

“She gets right to the heart of what teens and pre-teens need to hear in remaining true to the Christian values in today’s culture.  She is hilarious and we can’t wait to have her back again!”

The pilgrimage begins with Registration at 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.  The day includes Two Sessions with Maggie Craig, Small Group Discussions, Games, Confessions and Personal Reflection time with Lunch provided, culminating with Mass at 4:30 p.m. 

Register at info@thenationalshrineofmarymotherofthechurch.com 

or call (573) 374-Mary (6279)  

View us at www.thenationalshrineofmarymotherofthechurch.com.


The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church in Laurie, MO is a little bit of heaven nestled within the Ozark hills of Missouri on 60 acres along Missouri Route 5 between Versailles and Camdenton, Missouri.  It is about 20 miles north of Camdenton and 17 miles west of U.S. Business Route 54 at Lake of the Ozarks.  

The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church is seeking an Administrative Professional to manage the Shrine’s office administration and programs.  This includes 4 pilgrimages plus our summer Masses.  This person is the Ambassador for the Shrine; spreading the joy of our beautiful surroundings and wonderful celebrations of the Eucharist; greeting and communicating with our pilgrims, supporters and volunteers, and sharing our devotion to Mary as Mother of the Church.  The position handles our database of donors and supporters, coordinates all Shrine activities, and provides administrative support to our Chairman of the board, plus participating in marketing and distribution of our marketing materials.  Skills are needed in Word, Excel and Publisher; training is provided for our Database entry and management.  The person must be a self-starter and work with minimal supervision.  Communication skills are a must.
Please submit a resume to Don D. Drake at donddrake@yahoo.com.

Discover The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of Church


Four large pools of water, adorned with fountains, surround the fourteen-foot sculpture of Mary, Mother of the Church. They glisten in the sunlight bringing beauty and serenity to our Shrine.

Mother's Wall

The Mothers’ Wall features the names of mothers throughout the world engraved in the beautiful polished black granite that surrounds the fountains. Over 4,500 names have been engraved on our Wall.

Avenue of Flags

Father Barnett, founder of the Shrine, wanted people from all countries to feel welcome.  He created the Avenue of Flags. There are currently 100 Nations featured in flags surrounding The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church.

Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross on the Prayer Path were moved from the second St. Patrick’s Church in Gravois Mills. Parishioner Clarence Simler built the boxes housing the Stations when the Prayer Path was built in the 1980’s.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, sculpted by Fr. Andrew John, from Spring Hill, FL was bought by Ethel Bruning of Jefferson City, MO and donated to be placed at the entrance to the Church and Shrine on July 21, 2004.

The 10 Commandments

The Ten Commandments are set in stone with the eight Beatitudes on the other side.

Statue of St. Patrick

The Statue of St. Patrick, patron of the adjoining parish, is carved of Irish limestone and was commissioned by Bishop W.F. McAuliffe, S.T.D., Sculpted by Arthur J. Breen from Dublin, Ireland.

Behold Thy Mother Monument

Written by Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty while in prison, our Behold They Mother Monument, donated by the Knights of Columbus, is inscribed with his beautiful words of tribute to mothers.

The Sculpture

Sculpted by the internationally renowned Don Wiegand and commissioned by John and Elaine Fabick, our 14-foot sculpture of Mary, Mother of the Church, stands tall overlooking our grounds.

Statue of St. Joseph

The bronze statue of St. Joseph looks down the hill toward Mary and was dedicated March 19, 2000, St. Joseph’s Day.  It was donated by Eliese Brown and family in “Memory of Joe Brown”.  It was made in Italy by the Demetz Family.

Upcoming Events

Summer Masses at the Shrine

Memorial Day (5/29) to Labor Day (9/5)

                           Saturday night @ 8:00pm      Sunday morning @ 8:30am
                                                                           (continues to 9/26)

2021 Pilgrimages:

  • May 22 2021
  • June 19, 2021
  • July 24, 2021
  • Sept 25, 2021


                                                                       Daily Mass

Available at the adjoining St. Patrick parish
Tuesday through Sunday throughout the year. 

Mothers' Wall

The Mothers' Wall features the names of mothers throughout the world engraved in the beautiful polished black granite. The only requirement is to be a mother in any sense of the word, living or deceased. This is a wonderful way to honor a special mother that will last forever.

The Shrine relies solely on the support of visitors like you.  Your generous support ensures the continuation of this unique ministry to Mary, tourists, mothers and families.