Privacy Policy and Security



Thank you for visiting The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church (“Shrine”) Web site and reviewing our privacy and security policy (“Privacy and Security Policy”).  Your privacy is very important to us.  With respect to the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, we make every effort to ensure compliance with all applicable federal law.  Also, we do not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent.  Please read this Privacy and Security Policy to learn more about the ways in which we use and protect your personal information.

To request that personal information not be shared, to change your information or should you have additional questions, please contact us at:

The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church
176 Marian Drive, Laurie, MO 65037
573 374 MARY (6279)


The privacy practices of this statement apply to our services available under the domain name of (the “Site”).  By visiting this Web site, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy and Security Policy.  If you do not agree, please do not use or access our Site.

By accepting the Privacy and Security Policy, you expressly consent to our use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy and Security Policy.

Personal Information the Shrine Gathers

As a general rule, the Shrine does not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit the Site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

The information we learn from visitors helps us continually improve your experience at .  The information you provide is used exclusively for the Shrine.  It is our goal to make your visits to the Site easy.  However, be assured that we will not disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent.  The Shrine may disclose user information, however, in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) the Shrine rights or property, other Shrine Site  users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.  Additionally, the Shrine may disclose user information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

Information You Give Us 

We receive and store any information you enter on the Site or give us in any other way.  You can choose not to provide certain information.  We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests and communicating with you.

Automatic Information 

We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us.  For example, like many Web sites, we use “cookies,” and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses the Shrine Site.  A number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit Web sites anonymously.

Information from Other Sources 

We might receive information about you from other sources and add it to our account information.

Removing your information

The Shrine has a great respect for your privacy.

If you wish to be removed from our contact list, removal of your name and/or address is simple.  Please use the information above to contact the Shrine.  Please allow up to 60 days for a removal to be complete..

Use of Cookies

What are cookies:  Cookies are pieces of information that a Web site transfers to an individual’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes.  Cookies make Web-surfing easier for you by saving your preferences while you’re at the Site.  We never save passwords or credit card information in cookies.  The use of cookies is an industry standard – you’ll find them at most major Web sites.

By showing how and when guests use the Site, cookies help us see which areas are popular and which are not.  Many improvements and updates to the site are based on such data as total number of visitors and pages viewed.  This information is most easily tracked with cookies.  We use the information from cookies to provide services better tailored to our users’ needs.

The Shrine has two primary uses for its cookies.  First, we use them to specify unique preferences. Secondly, we use cookies to track user trends and patterns.  This helps us better understand and improve areas of the Site.  While both of these activities depend on the use of a “cookie,” visitors to the Shrine Site always have the option of disabling cookies via their browser preferences.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies.  You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is being sent.

Photos submitted through Mothers’ Wall

When you submit a photo to the Mothers’ Wall, you “hereby authorize the The National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church and its corporate and organizational sponsors to use, reproduce, and/or publish all photographs that I am submitting with this Release Form in any manner that the Shrine deems appropriate in furtherance of the Shrine’s mission.”


Ensuring secure online donations is an important part of our pledge to honor your privacy.  The Site utilizes SSL (secure socket layers) to protect your credit card information.  SSL encrypts all ordering information, such as your name and credit card number, so that it cannot be read in transit.  When you make a donation to the Shrine, your credit card information is captured and stored separately, so that it cannot be read by anyone other than Paypal, our banking partner.

If you don’t have a browser that supports SSL or if you feel uncomfortable sending your credit card information via the Internet, we offer you the option of mailing or calling the Shrine to complete your donation.

It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer.  Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.  Also, consider using a personal firewall to prevent hackers from invading your personal computer, especially if you are using DSL or a cable modem to access the Internet.

Conditions of Use, Notices and Revisions

If you choose to visit the Shrine Site, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy and Security Policy, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of  Missouri.  If you have any concern about privacy at the Shrine, please send a thorough description of your concern to and we will try to resolve it.

Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy and Security Policy applies to all information that we already have about you.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, we will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of customer information collected in the past without the consent of affected customers.

Acceptance of These Terms

By using the Site, you signify your assent to the Shrine’s Privacy and Security Policy.  If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use the Site.  Your continued use of the Shrine Site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes.