Shrine Chapels

Your pilgrimage to the Shrine begins at your home.

As you arrive here and descend the mountain road, the Valley opens up before you.

Infant Jesus of Prague

The Infant Jesus of Prague chapel stands on the Road to the Retreat Centre.

The Chapel of the Infant Jesus of Prague
Infant Jesus of Prague with the Adoration Chapel in the background.

Pieta

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.

The Pieta which stands at the entrance to Marian Valley.
The Pieta, Mary mourning over the death of Jesus.

St. Mary Mackillop

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.

The shrine of St. Mary Mackillop
Icon of St. Mary Mackillop

Immaculate Conception

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.

The Immaculate Conception atop a pilla.
Having the Immaculate Conception Roman Pilar is done in numerious places around the world, most famously in Rome, which the pope puts a wreath on every year on her feast.

St. John Paul II (Polish Chapel)

As you walk up the drive way, Pope John Paul II greets you.

The statue of St. John Paul II
The statue of St. John Paul II in front of the Church.

Mary Help of Christians

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 shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in its beautiful surrounds.
The bishop visists the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians..

Black Madonna Chapel

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.

The outer part of the Main Chapel where Mass is held on Sunday.
The inner chapel where Mass is held daily.
A true replica of the Black Madonna Icon.

Our Lady of Lourdes

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 Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Devotions at the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes.
A crowd gathers to pray before Our Lady of Lourdes.

St. Padre Pio (Italian Chapel)

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).

The Chapel of St. Padre Pio.
The Statue of Padre Pio.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Of the Child Jesus has a special chapel in the cloister-like natural surroundings.

The Chapel of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
The statue of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Close up of the statue of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

St. Joseph

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.

St. Joseph Shrine
St. Joseph Shrine

St. Andrew and Martyrs (Korean Chapel)

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.

The chapel of St. Andrew and Martyrs
Side view of St. Andrew and Martyrs
St. Andrew and Martyrs Just visible through the trees.

St. Pius X

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.

The shrine of St. Piux X
The shrine of St. Piux X

Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni (Indian Chapel)

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".

Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni
The statue of Our Lady of Good Health, Vailankanni

St. Louis-Marie De Montfort

St. Louis-Marie De Montfort was well known for writing and preaching on the importance of devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

St. Louis-Marie De Montfort
A quote from the works of St. Louis-Marie De Montfort

Sacred Heart of Jesus

Has a meaningful message for each one of us: "I have no hands but yours".

Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Louis-Marie De Montfort

Our Lady of Guadalupe

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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Graces (Eritrean Chapel)

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.

Our Lady of Graces
Statue of Our Lady of Graces

Jesus the Redeemer (Maltese Chapel)

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.

Jesus the Redeemer
Jesus the Redeemer

St. Peter Chanel

St. Peter Chanel has special veneration in Australia as the first saint to have visited Australia during his life time.

St. Peter Chanel
St. Peter Chanel

St. Lucy

St. Lucy was an early Christian martyr who was condemed after refusing to marry a pagan.

St. Lucy
St. Lucy

St. Anthony of Padua (Croatian Chapel)

Finds a special place at Marian Valley - to work continuous miracles for all who seek his help.

St. Anthony of Padua
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Anthony of Padua

Mary Queen of Help (Solvenian Chapel)

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.

Mary Queen of Help
Mary Queen of Help

St. Gerad Majella

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.

St. Gerad Majella
St. Gerad Majella

Blessed Eusebius (Hungarian Chapel)

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.

St. Francis Xavier (Tongan Chapel)

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. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier

St. Barbara

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 (Mauritian Chapel)

Blessed Jacques Laval is known as the "Apostle of Mauritius" for his tirless missionary work on the island.

Blessed Jacques Laval
Blessed Jacques Laval

Our Lady of La Vang (Vietnamese Chapel)

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.

Our Lady of La Vang
Our Lady of La Vang

Our Lady of Fatima Grotto

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.

Devotions at the Fatima Grotto
Our Lady of Fatima Grotto
Our Lady of Fatima Grotto

Our Lady of Lebanon

Our Lady of Lebanon
Our Lady of Lebanon
Our Lady of Lebanon statue

Mother of Protection (Ukrainian Chapel)

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.

Mother of Protection
Mother of Protection

Our Lady Star of the Sea (Indonesian Chapel)

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.

Our Lady Star of the Sea
Our Lady Star of the Sea
Our Lady Star of the Sea

Our Lady of Madhu (Sri Lankan Chapel)

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.

The shrine  Our Lady of Madhu with its new roof.
The statue of  Our Lady of Madhu
As Our Lady of Madhu looked after it was repainted.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Filipino Chapel)

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.

The second chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
The first chapel built to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of the Southern Cross

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.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, with a view up the fig tree that stands above it.

Our Lady of Sorrows

The statue of our Lady of Sorrows under the cross stands high on the clif above Marian Valley.