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.
The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Laurie, Missouri seeks a highly motivated, entrepreneurial leader who can lead the growth and operations of the Shrine to become a world class pilgrimage site. The right leader is an experienced and proven executive who can build a team and work with the Board of Directors and staff to establish and execute long-range goals and strategies. This person will be the face of the organization.
The President and CEO of The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, is responsible for the overall management and growth of the Shrine to ensure that it has the facilities, administration, spiritual programs, and financial means to carry out its mission for future generations.
This full-time permanent position is for immediate hire at The Lake of the Ozarks, Laurie, Missouri.
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.
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.
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.