Chapels

Marian Valley Shrine

Your pilgrimage to the Shrine begins at your home.

As you arrive here and descend the mountain road, the Valley opens up before you.

On your right, at the junction of the entrance and exit roads stands the Cross, the greatest sign of Christianity. At its foot is the Pieta - a representation of the Virgin Mary mourning over the dead body of Jesus.

Further on you will notice a statue of the Immaculate Conception high up on a Roman Pilar, signifying that Our Lady is watching over Marian Valley. 

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             The Pieta            The Immaculate Conception
    

 

Pieta  

Close by is a memorial to Blessed Mary MacKillop -
Australia's first saint.

She bids all pilgrims welcome to the Shrine and as they leave she sends them off with a blessing of PEACE.

Blessed Mary MacKillop

 

 





Mary Mackillop
 

As you walk up the drive way, Pope JP11 greets you

Pope John Paul 11 
 

 Pope John Paul 11  

The Main Chapel 
Of the Shrine is known as the Black Madonna Chapel with sitting capacity under the roof for about 500 people. A true copy of the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Poland) welcomes everyone to pray, to come closer to Jesus, and to bring Christ to our world as Our Blessed Mother did.

Black Madonna Chapel


 

 
 Black Madonna Chapel  

Our Lady Help of Christians - Patroness of Australia
Located in the central position of the Shrine is the chapel of Our Lady Help of Christians - Patroness of Australia.

Here two votive oil lamps burn day and night for the intentions of all who have asked for special prayers.

Our Lady Help of Christians

 

 






Our Lady Help of Christians

 

Lourdes 
This beautiful Grotto was built through the generosity of donors and the selfless effort of volunteers. World Day of the Sick is celebrated here each year on 11'th February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Pilgrims come from near and far in buses and cars; friends and family assisting those in wheel chairs. A special blessing of each person with the Most Blessed Sacrament is given after Benediction.

Lourdes Chapel

 

 






Lourdes Chapel
 

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887 - 1968)
The greatest mystic of our time and the first stigmatised priest, hears the prayers of pilgrims at a beautiful chapel. His life-sized bronze statue overlooks those who come to Marian Valley and encourages them to pray "because the whole world needs prayers" (Padre Pio).

Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

 

 





Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
 

St Joseph's Shrine
Established in 1995 as the first shrine in Marian Valley. Every Wednesday a Novena to St Joseph is prayed and on 19'th March a special day of Lenten Spiritual Renewal under the Patronage of St. Joseph is conducted.

St Joseph's Shrine

 

 







St Joseph's Shrine
 

St Therese
Of the Child Jesus has a special chapel in the cloister-like natural surroundings.

St Therese of the Child Jesus

 

 

St Therese of the Child Jesus  

Korean Martyrs
This Chapel is to honor St Andrew Kim Taegon (the first Korean Priest ) and the 103 Korean Martyrs who witnessed to Christ with their very lives.

Korean Martyrs


 

 
   

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914) Feast August 21st
Perhaps nowhere in the history of the Church is there a better example of a man possessed of so many of the saintly virtues—piety, charity, deep humility, pastoral zeal, and simplicity—than in one of the newest of God's elect, St. Pius X. Yet the parish priest of Tombolo, who remained a country priest at heart throughout his life, faced the problems and evils of a strife-torn world with the spiritual fervor of a crusader. The inscription on his tomb in the crypt of the basilica of St. Peter's gives the most eloquent testimony to a life spent in the service of God:"Born poor and humble of heart,

Undaunted champion of the Catholic faith,
Zealous to restore all things in Christ,
Crowned a holy life with a holy death."

Pope St Pius X


 

 
Pope St Pius X  

Our Lady of Vailankanni (Good Health)
Since the Sixteenth century the Shrine of Vailankanni, in Madras (Chennai) Southern India, has been the place of great pilgrimage and devotion to Our Lady. Our Lady of Vailankanni especially intercedes for the sick leading to the Shrine being called the "Lourdes of the East".

Our Lady of Vailankanni Chapel


 

 
Our Lady of Vailankanni Chapel   

The Sacred Heart of Jesus 
Has a meaningful message for each one of us: "I have no hands but yours".

The Sacred Heart of Jesus


 

 
The Sacred Heart of Jesus   

Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe 
The faithful copy of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was blessed by the Bishop of Mexico City, touched by the miraculous Tilma of Our Lady at Guadalupe and sent to Australia. On the 13'th December 1997, this unique image of the Holy Mother of God was solemnly enshrined at Marian Valley.

Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 




Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe
 

St Anthony of Padua
Finds a special place at Marian Valley - to work continuous miracles for all who seek his help.

St Anthony of Padua

 

 

St Anthony of Padua  

St Gerard Majella
St Gerard was the son of a tailor who died when the boy was 12, leaving the family in poverty. Gerard tried to join the Capuchins, but his health prevented it. He was accepted as a Redemptorist lay brother serving his congregation as sacristan, gardener, porter, infirmarian, and tailor. When falsely accused by a pregnant woman of being the father of her child, he retreated to silence; she later recanted and cleared him, and thus began his association as patron of all aspects of pregnancy. Reputed to bilocate and read consciences. His last will consisted of the following small note on the door of his cell: "Here the will of God is done, as God wills, and as long as God wills." St Gerard is the Patron Saint of childbirth; children; expectant mothers; falsely accused people; good confessions; lay brothers; motherhood; mothers; Muro, Italy; pregnant women; pro-life movement; unborn children.

St Gerard Majellan 

 

 
   

Vietnamese Chapel
The Vietnamese Chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang. Our Lady actually appeared in La Vang forest in 1798 during a terrible persecution of the Catholic Christians. They tried to escape the persecution by taking refuge in the forest, enduring bitter cold, wild animals and starvation. At night the people would gather in the forest and pray the RosaryOne night Our Lady appeared with two angels at her side. She told all those present, they in fact all saw her, that from then on, anyone who came to that place to pray, would have their prayers answered. She also told them to boil leaves from the surrounding trees and use them as medicine. The Popes over the years have repeatedly publicly recognised the significance of La Vang for the Vietnamese people.
Vietnamese Chapel

 

 
Vietnamese Chapel   

Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima 
A very special place of prayer. A beautiful, wooden statue of Our Lady of Fatima placed in a Grotto is surrounded by picturesque cliffs at the end of the Valley. On all major Feast Days, including First Saturdays and 13th of each month, a Eucharistic Procession culminates at the Grotto with Benediction and special blessing of every person present.

Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima

 

 






Grotto of Our Lady of Fatima
 

Lebanese Chapel
Lebanese Chapel

 

 
   

Indonesian Chapel
Indonesian Chapel 
 

 
 
Indonesian Chapel
 

Sri Lankan Chapel - Our Lady of Mahdu
Mahdu is located in Northern Sri Lanka. In 1706 Br Joseph Vaz founded the present Shrine there as a place of pilgrimage, prayer and reconciliation between races and religions. It still serves those original purposes. Our new statue has a beautiful smile. I like to think She is smiling at the devotion of her children.

Our Lady of Mahdu


 

 
   
 
Filipino - Our Lady of Perpetual Help
This Chapel has been erected by the Philipino community. Our Lady of Perpetual Help (or Succor) reminds us all of our Heavenly Mother's maternal care for us, her children. Our Lady is always there to nurture us with the Grace of Her Son.

Phillipine chapel


 

 
   

Our Lady of the Southern Cross
Marian Valley's rain forest hides a treasure - the only one of its kind - a statue of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. Here one can identify with the beauty and spirituality of Australia, in the great silence.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross

 

 

Our Lady of the Southern Cross


 

 

   

 


     


Slovenian Chapel
Brezje is a small village in Northern Slovenia. In the 18th Century, the Pastor of the Parish church there, Father Azbe, built a chapel onto the Parish church dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians. Within the chapel he placed a painting which he brought with him from Innsbruck. The shrine became quite popular with people from the surrounding villages. Eventually the picture and the entire chapel was beautifully repainted by an artist by the name of Leopold Layer in 1814. Reports of miraculous healing's have been reported at the chapel, and it has become a national pilgrimage centre of the country.


Slovenian Chapel 
  Slovenian Chapel   



Tongan Chapel
This chapel has an interesting history. The Tongan community which had it built, initially wanted a statue of St Peter Chanel in whose honour they planned to build a chapel. The statue of St Francis arrived from the overseas vendors instead. Deciding against sending it back, and seeing in it the providence of God, they decided to built a chapel in honour of the great Missionary of the Indies. On the day of the blessing of the chapel, it turned out that the first class relic visiting Australia at the time (the right arm of the Saint) was available to be taken to Marian Valley for a visit. All these coincidences just go to show that God certainly wanted a chapel built in honour of His amazing Missionary.





Tongan Chapel 

   Tongan Chapel  
 
Italian Chapel
Italian Chapel 
     
 
 Maltese Chapel
Maltese Chapel 
     



Eritrean Chapel - Our Lady of Grace
Under the shade and enfolded in the spreading limbs of the giant Lillipilly Australis you will find Our Lady of Grace. The immaculate Conception invites all to pause and rest here, savouring her gentle and motherly care for us.

Our Lady of Grace


 

 
 
Our Lady of Grace   

 

Polish Chapel
Polish Chapel