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Miraculous Medal Shrine

Saint Mary's of the Barrens was founded in 1818 by the Vincentian fathers. The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal was built in 1929 by the Promoters of the Association of the Miraculous Medal. While looking at the altar of the Shrine, the elements of the front and the back of the Miraculous Medal should be evident. The statue above the altar and the words in the archway, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee, " depict the front of the medal. The back of the medal is depicted in the base of the altar with the large "M" surmounted by a cross (through Mary's intercession we pray with confidence to God), the twelve stars symbolizing the apostles, who are the foundation stones of the Church, and the stars of heaven (Mary is Queen of Heaven). On either side of the tabernacle door are the hearts of our Lady and our Lord Jesus. The new marble Mass altar was constructed in July, 2004, from the altar in the old Novitiate building.

Visitors to the Shrine are always welcome. The Church and the Shrine are handicap accessible.

Telephone: 1-573-547-2508 or 1-800-264-MARY (6279)

Schedule of Masses and Novena
Masses: Monday 7:30 p.m. CT
Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 a.m. CT
Sunday 11:00 a.m. CT
Only exception is Christmas Midnight Mass
Novena Service: Monday  7:15 p.m CT. (followed by Mass)
The sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available before the novena service on Monday evenings and at other times by arrangement.

Shrine Visitor Center
Gift Shop

Phone Number: 1-573-768-7000

Saturday - Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT
The Gift Shop is closed on holidays.

Regular Guided Tour Schedule
You are welcome to visit the Shrine Chapel and the grounds at any time of the year during daylight hours. Guided tours of the Church are available on a regular schedule or you are welcome to take a self guided tour by using a pamphlet that is available in the vestibule.  These pamphlets are also available in the Gift Shop, ask the attendant for one.  If you are planning a visit and prefer a guided tour, please call our office to let us know you are coming.
Saturday - Sunday 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. CT (for Sunday tours in January and February, call the AMM office to make arrangements Monday-Friday)
Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. CT

Group Tour Arrangement
Group tours of 20 or more are available by appointment only. There is no charge for the tours. Donations are accepted. 


Telephone: 1-573-547-2508
or 1-800-264-MARY (6279)
We will be at your service by phone any weekday (except holidays) between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. CT.

Tour Guides are not scheduled on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Presidents' Day
Good Friday
Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday
Easter Monday
Memorial Day
Independence Day*
Labor Day
Veterans Day*
Thanksgiving Day and Feast of the Miraculous Medal, Friday after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day and December 26 if falls on Monday thru Friday

(*If a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the office will be closed in observance of the holiday.   No tours or tour guides are available on the Friday or Monday of the holiday.)

Association of the Miraculous Medal
1811 West Saint Joseph St.
Perryville, MO 63775-1598
Lodging: There are three motels in the Perryville area, Days Inn, Comfort Inn, and a Super 8 Motel. (These links are for your information only. There is no connection between the Shrine and the motels.) Other hotels, motels, and a Bed and Breakfast are available in the area.

Directions for reaching the Shrine
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is 80  miles south of St. Louis, Missouri, on Interstate 55.

To reach the Shrine, take the Highway 51, Perryville exit (No. 129) and go north toward Perryville on Highway 51. At the junction of State Road “T” (St. Joseph Street) turn left. After passing Progress Drive, the Shrine's entrance is the third drive on the left.

Approaching from the east (Illinois) follow State Highway 51 to the junction of State Road “T” (St. Joseph Street) and turn right. Print these directions to the Shrine. 

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
1805 West Saint Joseph St.
Perryville, MO 63775

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