Your pilgrimage to the Shrine begins at your home.
As you arrive here and descend the mountain road, the Valley opens up before you.
On your right, at the junction of the entrance and exit roads stands the Cross, the greatest sign of Christianity. At its foot is the Pieta - a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Jesus.
Close to the entrance is a memorial to Blessed Mary MacKillop — Australia's first saint.
She bids all pilgrims welcome to the Shrine and as they leave she sends them off with a blessing of peace.
As you enter Marrian Valley on you will notice a statue of the Immaculate Conception high up on a Roman Pilar, signifying that Our Lady is watching over Marian Valley.
Located in the central position of the Shrine is the chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians - Patroness of Australia.
Here two votive oil lamps burn day and night for the intentions of all who have asked for special prayers.
The main church of the Shrine is known as the Black Madonna Chapel with sitting capacity under the roof for about 500 people. A true copy of the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Poland) welcomes everyone to pray, to come closer to Jesus, and to bring Christ to our world as Our Blessed Mother did.
This beautiful Grotto was built through the generosity of donors and the selfless effort of volunteers. World Day of the Sick is celebrated here each year on 11th February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Pilgrims come from near and far in buses and cars; friends and family assisting those in wheel chairs. A special blessing of each person with the Most Blessed Sacrament is given after Benediction.
The greatest mystic of our time and the first stigmatised priest, hears the prayers of pilgrims at a beautiful chapel. His life-sized bronze statue overlooks those who come to Marian Valley and encourages them to pray "because the whole world needs prayers" (Padre Pio).
Established in 1995 as the first shrine in Marian Valley. Every Wednesday a Novena to St Joseph is prayed and on 19th March a special day of Lenten Spiritual Renewal under the Patronage of St. Joseph is conducted.
This Chapel is to honor St Andrew Kim Taegon (the first Korean Priest ) and the 103 Korean Martyrs who witnessed to Christ with their very lives.
St. Pius X was a much loved pope. He was raised in a poor family as the second of ten children. As Pope he is known for opposing modernism and promoting traditional devotional practices and orthodox theology.
Since the Sixteenth century the Shrine of Vailankanni, in Madras (Chennai) Southern India, has been the place of great pilgrimage and devotion to Our Lady. Our Lady of Vailankanni especially intercedes for the sick leading to the Shrine being called the "Lourdes of the East".
St. Louis-Marie De Montfort was well known for writing and preaching on the importance of devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
The faithful copy of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was blessed by the Bishop of Mexico City, touched by the miraculous Tilma of Our Lady at Guadalupe and sent to Australia. On the 13'th December 1997, this unique image of the Holy Mother of God was solemnly enshrined at Marian Valley.
Under the shade and enfolded in the spreading limbs of the giant Lillipilly Australis you will find Our Lady of Grace. The immaculate Conception invites all to pause and rest here, savouring her gentle and motherly care for us.
The shinre of Jesus the Redeemer was built by the Multese community in memory of the devotions offered to Jesus the Redeemer at Senglea, Malta.
St. Peter Chanel has special veneration in Australia as the first saint to have visited Australia during his life time.
Brezje is a small village in Northern Slovenia. In the 18th Century, the Pastor of the Parish church there, Father Azbe, built a chapel onto the Parish church dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians. Within the chapel he placed a painting which he brought with him from Innsbruck. The shrine became quite popular with people from the surrounding villages. Eventually the picture and the entire chapel was beautifully repainted by an artist by the name of Leopold Layer in 1814. Reports of miraculous healing's have been reported at the chapel, and it has become a national pilgrimage centre of the country.
St Gerard was the son of a tailor who died when the boy was 12, leaving the family in poverty. Gerard tried to join the Capuchins, but his health prevented it. He was accepted as a Redemptorist lay brother serving his congregation as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. When falsely accused by a pregnant woman of being the father of her child, he retreated to silence; she later recanted and cleared him, and thus began his association as patron of all aspects of pregnancy. Reputed to bilocate and read consciences. His last will consisted of the following small note on the door of his cell: "Here the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills." St Gerard is the Patron Saint of childbirth; children; expectant mothers; falsely accused people; good confessions; lay brothers; motherhood; mothers; Muro, Italy; pregnant women; pro-life movement; unborn children.
Blessed Eusebius finds a special place at Marrian Valley. Blessed Eusebius is know as the founder of the Order of St. Paul the First Hermit. After having received a vision from God he was inspired to gather the hermits that lived around Esztergom into one monastery. The Order of St. Paul the First Hermit are the custodians of Marrian Valley.
This chapel has an interesting history. The Tongan community which had it built, initially wanted a statue of St Peter Chanel in whose honour they planned to build a chapel. The statue of St Francis arrived from the overseas vendors instead. Deciding against sending it back, and seeing in it the providence of God, they decided to built a chapel in honour of the great Missionary of the Indies. On the day of the blessing of the chapel, it turned out that the first class relic visiting Australia at the time (the right arm of the Saint) was available to be taken to Marian Valley for a visit. All these coincidences just go to show that God certainly wanted a chapel built in honour of His amazing Missionary.
St. Barbara was an early Christian Martyr. Her father so hated that she had chosen to become christian that legend tells us that he carried out her death sentance himself.
Blessed Jacques Laval is known as the "Apostle of Mauritius" for his tirless missionary work on the island.
The Vietnamese Chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang. Our Lady actually appeared in La Vang forest in 1798 during a terrible persecution of the Catholic Christians. They tried to escape the persecution by taking refuge in the forest, enduring bitter cold, wild animals and starvation. At night the people would gather in the forest and pray the RosaryOne night Our Lady appeared with two angels at her side. She told all those present, they in fact all saw her, that from then on, anyone who came to that place to pray, would have their prayers answered. She also told them to boil leaves from the surrounding trees and use them as medicine. The Popes over the years have repeatedly publicly recognised the significance of La Vang for the Vietnamese people.
A very special place of prayer. A beautiful, wooden statue of Our Lady of Fatima placed in a Grotto is surrounded by picturesque cliffs at the end of the Valley. On all major Feast Days, including First Saturdays and 13th of each month, a Eucharistic Procession culminates at the Grotto with Benediction and special blessing of every person present.
This chapel was built by communties from the Middle East and is a replica of The Lady of Lebabob monument there.
The Protection of the Mother of God is one of the most beloved feast days on the Orthodox calendar among the Slavic peoples, commemorated on October 1.
The idea of Mary as a guiding star for seafarers has led to devotion to Our Lady, Star of the Sea in many Catholic coastal and fishing communities. Numerous churches, schools and colleges are dedicated to Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea, or Mary, Star of the Sea.
Mahdu is located in Northern Sri Lanka. In 1706 Br Joseph Vaz founded the present Shrine there as a place of pilgrimage, prayer and reconciliation between races and religions. It still serves those original purposes. Our new statue has a beautiful smile. I like to think She is smiling at the devotion of her children.
This Chapel has been erected by the Filipino community. Our Lady of Perpetual Help (or Succor) reminds us all of our Heavenly Mother's maternal care for us, her children. Our Lady is always there to nurture us with the Grace of Her Son.
Marian Valley's rain forest hides a treasure - the only one of its kind - a statue of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. Here one can identify with the beauty and spirituality of Australia, in the great silence.