The Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians is situated at 2541 Beechmont Rd, 10km from Canungra and south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast Hinterland. As an Archdiocesan Shrine of Brisbane, it is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians, a title under which Mary is particularly honoured in Australia as its Patroness.
The main Chapel is known as the Black Madonna Chapel. The Chapel seats approximately 500 pilgrims. It houses a true copy of the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. There is a strong connection between the Pauline Fathers, who are custodians of Marian Valley, and the Blank Madonna since they have also been custodians of the original Black Madonna icon for centuries.
Chapels and Stations of the Cross
At Marian Valley, many beautiful chapels are donated by generous benefactors, including different ethnic communities. Many of them were assisted in the construction by Marian Valley volunteers. All who have contributed to the presence of these chapels witness their faith, devotion and love for God and Our Lady.
One of the most beautiful and inspiring aspects of Marian Valley is the outdoor Stations of the Cross with their lifesize figures that move you to humility, devotion and prayer.
Retreat Centre and Accommodation
St Joseph’s Hermitage Retreat Centre at the Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians provides an opportunity for extended solitude, prayer and spiritual renewal. Accommodation (self-contained) is available for small groups, couples, families and individuals.
Schedule of Events
The Shrine is open daily to everyone, and there is Mass celebrated every morning. Throughout the year, there is an active schedule of special feasts on the Calendar. In addition, many ethnic groups make annual pilgrimages to Marian Valley. Some of these coincide with celebrations throughout the liturgical year. You can read about significant events in the Shrine’s newsletter, Mary’s Rose.
Pauline Fathers Monastery
The Order of St. Paul the First Hermit – the Pauline Fathers – are the custodians of the Shrine. The Pauline Fathers have as part of their charism the spreading of devotion to Our Lady, and here at the Shrine, they share their love for her with pilgrims.