The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa occupies approximately 170 acres of land. Located on Beacon Hill, and overlooking Peace Valley, the Shrine is the perfect place to come and spend time in prayer and reflection.
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Our dedicated staff ensures that all of The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa features and facilities are available to visiting groups. These amenities include:
Thousands visit to pray and admire the beautiful the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. In the lower church there is a replica of Our Lady of Czestochowa, as it is in Jasna Gora, Poland. There are also four side chapels: St. Paul the First Hermit, Our Lady of Nazareth, Divine Mercy, and Our Lady of Guadalupe. There are daily Masses in both Polish and English, Confession, Novenas and many more spiritual exercises.
We offer yearly votive candles for memorial use. The candles are lit in the Candle Chapel located in base of Bell Tower.Chapel is aglow with nearly 1000 candles, 800 of which are memorials with inscription plates. Placing a Votive Light at the Shrine in honor of Our Lady is a demonstration of your faith and confidence in the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
The Visitor Center Building is a place where you can get detailed information about our Shrine, you can also receive brochures and maps. You can order a Holy Mass, ask for a meeting with the Priest or buy a religious souvenir.
The Ave Maria retreat center has been a place of prayer, healing, joy and conversion for more than a million people. Over the years, retreatants have traveled here from the suburban Philadelphia area, all 50 states and several countries. The Pauline Fathers and Brothers would like to invite you to come as you are and join us for a retreat. Ave Maria Retreat House occupies a 100-acre expanse of beautiful grounds surrounded by wooded Peace Valley park and New Galena lake
Polish American Festival is an annual event that has been taking place at our Shrine grounds for over 50 years! It always takes place during the first two weekends of September (Labor Day weekend and the following weekend). The Festival is full of many different attractions, entertainment, historical reenactors, delicious Polish food and beer, as well as many vendors and crafters. This annual event is not only a celebration of Polish culture but it also helps to support our Shrine financially throughout the year.
Somewhere on Beacon Hill you can find the final resting place, surrounded by Peace Valley Park nad New Galena lake…. This is very unique burial ground… a place where people could find comfort among ancestors.
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