Chairman’s New Year Message
As I reflect on the past year, I’m humbled by the profound role the Mothers’ Shrine continues to play in my spiritual journey. It’s heartening to see its impact echoed in the tremendous growth of our programming and attendance, offering many, many others a haven of prayer and peace and a path to Jesus through Mary.
We’ve welcomed around 3,200 participants to various pilgrimage opportunities during 2023. Notably, our Mother’s Day and Feast Day celebrations drew approximately 300 and 170 attendees respectively, marking poignant moments of devotion and community.
Just a couple weeks ago, our O Holy Night celebration was a resounding success, captivating about 275 members of the Lake community, and even some who had traveled an hour or more. With the collaboration of about 50 volunteers, we offered a Living Nativity celebrating the Lord’s birth, with real actors (including an active infant), a shepherd with her sheep, wise men, angels, couples who played Mary and Joseph and beautiful melodies sung by St. Patrick’s choir and friends. A bonfire, s’mores, St. Nicholas, refreshments and children’s crafts added to the joyous festivities.
Looking ahead, we’re excited to expand and enrich the visitor experience at the Mothers’ Shrine. Plans are underway, supported by Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, aiming to transform our facility into a year-round destination for those seeking solace and guidance through the intercession and love of the Blessed Mother. More details on these developments will be shared in the coming months.
Financially, we’re ending 2023 on solid ground, a testament to the incredible support from our benefactors and friends of the Mothers’ Shrine. An upcoming annual report will delve into our progress and plans for programming, staff expansion, and facility enhancements.
A heartfelt thank you to all who visited the Mothers’ Shrine in 2023 and to the dedicated volunteers who made our events and offerings possible. Your support is invaluable, and we eagerly anticipate the New Year 2024 with gratitude and enthusiasm.
-Tom Vincent, Chairman