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“Amazing and Beautiful”

Marytown - The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe
Reviewed September 18, 2013

If you are Catholic your faith will be deepened here. If you aren't, you'll still appreciate the beauty and peace that resides here.

Run by the Conventual Franciscans Friar this shrine is modeled after St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome. The main chapel features Eucharistic Adoration 24/7/365 except during Mass (and Good Friday eve and Holy Sat). They also offer numerous opportunities for retreats (day or overnight), hearing well-known speakers and various community activities such as a rummage sale and used religious book sale.

One the left of the main altar is an alcove dedicated to St. Maximilian Kolbe. It is disquieting to read about his suffering and love for his fellow man. The Sorrowful Mother chapel is opposite and the location for most early morning Masses. The ceiling of the main chapel features beautiful artwork and mosaic pictures adorn the walls. Sunday 9 am is the high Mass.

There is also a well-stocked gift shop featuring various items from books, religious jewelry and rosaries to Mystic Monk coffee and Trappist jams at Christmas.

The lovely grounds provide an opportunity for quiet prayer with several areas designated for meditation including the rosary walk and Stations of the Cross.

Food is not available for purchase though there are fundraising dinners throughout the year. It's worth exploring their newly redesigned website before you visit. There you will find the schedule of religious events offered.

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