Our Sanctuary also bears the honorable name of "American Ludźmierz." Ludźmierz is a small mountain town in Poland where the Shrine of Queen of Podhale, dating back to the 13th century, is located.
Inside the church, you can find the miraculous figure of Our Lady of Ludźmierz which St. John Paul II solemnly blessed in Wadowice, Poland on August 14, 1991. He designated it for devotion to the Virgin Mary under this title here at our shrine in Munster. Since 1991 pilgrims in great numbers, especially Polish Highlanders, have been coming here, inspired by the saintly Pope’s words when he blessed the statue: “May the Queen of the Highlanders be that same Queen for you in America as she is in Poland.” Next to her statue you can see numerous signs of gratitude for graces obtained, among which can be found the rosary of gold and pearls: a special gift from St. John Paul II for our “Heavenly Protector.”
In the spirit of gratitude for the favors received over many years and for the intercession of Mary Bishop Donald Hying from the diocese of Gary celebrated the Solemn Coronation of the statue of Our Lady of Ludźmierz from Munster, on August 21, 2016,
We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Ludźmierz on the third Sunday of August in the garden every year; and every Tuesday at 7:00 PM we offer Mass for all intentions brought to God through the intercession of our Mother, "Our Lady of Ludźmierz and Munster." We invite you to pray with us and entrust your intentions to Mary!