Welcome to our Marian Shrine! The statue of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus which “greets” all who come here recalls for us the words of the Savior: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh your soul.” We hope that the time you spend in our Carmelite oasis of prayer and silence will allow you to deepen your faith and to find a new spiritual strength.
The grounds here at the Shrine are comprised of the Marian Grotto, the Stations of the Cross (of which the 14th Station, the Grotto of the Lord’s Tomb, deserves special attention), the monastery church (with the miraculous figure of Our Lady of Ludźmierz, Queen of the Polish Highlanders), the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy, and the Highlanders’ Chapel, among others. Nestled among the trees in the quiet of the garden are figures of Polish saints and others associated with Carmel: St. Therese of the Child Jesus (and St. Louis Martin, her father), St. Raphael Kalinowski, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. John Paul II.
To emphasize the inexpressible spiritual beauty of God’s mercy, we have assembled many statues of Italian Carrara marble in our grottos and chapels. These statues, sculpted by Italian artists, are decorated with many unusual minerals, crystals, and rock formations.
The Discalced Carmelite Fathers Monastery in Munster was founded in 1952 by a group of Polish Discalced Carmelite friars who came to America after World War II to devote themselves to the pastoral care of their countrymen. For this same reason, in many parts of the shrine, we can become better acquainted with Polish tradition