Weekend Masses will be held in the Shrine Chapel and Pilgrim Center Cafeteria at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. Masses will be celebrated simultaneously.

The Shrine offices and the Gift Shop are open. Gift Shop Hours – Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Mass will be held in the Outdoor Pieta Chapel beginning May 15, 2021- may begin earlier if weather permits. Check our FB page and website for updates.

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.

Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
Monday through Friday 11:00 am

Weekend Masses
Saturday Evening (Vigil) 4:00 pm in Shrine Chapel and Pilgrim Center Cafeteria. Sundays: 9:00 am & 11:00 am in Shrine Chapel and Pilgrim Center Cafeteria.

Monday thru Friday and on Sunday.

One hour before each scheduled Mass.

1st Saturday of each month – Mass at 11:00 am
1st Sunday of each month – Devotions at 2:30 pm

Gift Shop Hours

Winter Hours

Effective Dec. 28,2020

Closed on Monday

Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


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