A place of inspiration and prayer.

The Sorrowful Mother Shrine near Bellevue, Ohio, USA is an inspiring place of prayer where God and nature touch. Wild flowers and planted flower beds mingle in the 120 acres of woods and lawns. The center of the Shrine is the Sorrowful Mother Chapel.

The Missionaries of the Precious Blood have operated the Shrine since it was founded by Fr. Francis deSales Brunner in 1850. These Missionaries were first assigned to Peru, Ohio. From there, Fr. Brunner served the many German speaking parishes in central and western Ohio.

On Sundays and Holy Days priests and religious lead devotional services and processions; they visit with people sharing their joys and sorrows or walk with them praying at one of the many grottos, gardens or Stations of the Cross in the woods.

If you feel the need to get in tune with yourself and with God’s universe, you’ll find that a day or even a few hours spent at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine will bring you rich personal and spiritual rewards.

Daily Masses are celebrated in the Shrine Chapel at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Please note:
Effective immediately –
all Shrine email addresses
have changed.
Please use the following:

Director of Operations – marsha@sorrowfulmothershrine.org

Administrative Assistant – gayle@sorrowfulmothershrine.org

Financial Coordinator – bonnie@sorrowfulmothershrine.org

Gift Shop Coordinator – millie@sorrowfulmothershrine.org

Gift Shop/Office Manager – shelley@sorrowfulmothershrine.org

Mass Schedule

Outdoor Masses will begin May 13, 2023

Daily Mass
Monday through Saturday at 11:00 am in Shrine Chapel

Weekend Masses
Saturday Evening (Vigil) 4:00 pm Sundays: 9:00 am & 11:00

Confession in the Shrine Chapel one hour before each scheduled Mass.

Fall/Winter Gift Shop Hours

Effective September 1, 2023

Mon. – Fri. 10:00am – 4:30pm

Sat. 11:30am – 4:00pm

Closed on Sundays

Call to confirm hours:

419-483-3435 x106


The Sorrowful Mother Shrine is self-sustaining and relies on donations to assist in the continuation of its Mission on these holy grounds. We appreciate the generosity of our donors and invite you to help us preserve this blessed legacy.

Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.”
~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta