Basilica & National
Shrine of
Our Lady
of Consolation
Conventual Franciscan Friars
315 Clay Street
Carey, OH 43316
(419) 396-7107


Gift Shop Hours
Monday - Friday
10 AM - 4:30 PM

10 AM - 5 PM

10 AM - 4:30 PM
(Closed for
2:30 PM Devotions)

Good Friday:
Closed noon-3 PM

(419) 396-6080

This Year's Novena Preacher

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation is pleased to announce that Father Kenneth G. Davis, OFM Conv., will be the preacher for this year’s novena leading up to the Solemnity of Mary’s Assumption into heaven.  The celebration of Mary’s Assumption is the biggest pilgrimage of the year at the Carey Shrine.  Each year, thousands of participants join in the Vigil Mass that concludes the novena on the night of August 14th.

The daily novena devotions include a rosary procession, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture Reading, Homily, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the hymn to Our Lady of Consolation.  Each evening there are opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation before the service and opportunities for individual prayers for healing following the service.davis kenneth 9 2

Conventual Franciscan Father Kenneth G. Davis, OFM Conv., D.Min., a professed member of the  Province of Our Lady of Consolation since 1980 and is currently spiritual director at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana. Fr. Davis received his M.A. from the Interamerican Theologate of Central America in San Jose, Costa Rica, and his doctorate from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Previously, he was an associate professor of pastoral studies and the director of formation for Hispanic ministry at Saint Meinrad School of Theology, an assistant professor at Mundelein Seminary, and founder of the doctoral program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. He is an award-winning author of over twelve books and fifty articles, and his extensive pastoral work includes training and producing materials for the International Office of RENEW. The first non-Hispanic to serve as the president of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic ministry, he was the founding director of a pilot program for Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Special Choir Forming at the Shrine

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation invites area singers to join the 2014 Assumption Choir.  This choir, along with a brass quintet, will lead the music for the Vigil Mass of the Assumption, in the Shrine Park, on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.  This unique experience gives singers, amateur and professional, the opportunity to sing a wide variety of music with a short-term commitment.  Rehearsals will be held from 4:00–5:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned Original Shrine Church (next to the Gift Shop) on Sundays: July 27, August 3, and August 10.  Please direct any questions to the Basilica’s Director of Music Ministries, Mr. Jack Gerding, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 419-396-7107.

Beloved Saint Anthony, pray for us

Please include my prayerful intentions in:

Mass on the 13 Tuesdays honoring Saint Anthony from June 17 - September 9.   13 Tuesdays of Prayer in Honor of Saint Anthony

Please mail your intentions to:
Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street, Carey, OH  43316
Email to:

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Pilgrimage Season Underway

Beginning Easter Sunday and continuing through the last Sunday of October, please note that the Sunday Mass times at the basilica are 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The Saturday evening anticipated mass for Sunday is at 5:30 p.m. year round.  

Sunday Devotions to Our Lady of Consolation are at 2:30 p.m. year around. Devotions including an Outdoor Rosary procession each Sunday May through October.

Please make group reservations through Brother Randy Kin, OFM Conv., Pilgrimage Director.  
Hope to see you soon!

Congratulations to New Chaldean Bishop-Elect

On May 3, 2014 it was announced that Pope Francis appointed Father Frank Kalabat, curently Pastor of Saint Thomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan and Vocation Director for the Chaldean Eparchy (Diocese) of Saint Thomas, to be its new bishop! The friars and staff of the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation warmly congratulate Bishop-Elect Kalabat and offer our prayers as he begins this new ministry.  We also offer prayers and congratulations  to Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim whose resignation (retirement) was accepted after serving as bishop of the same eparchy since 1982.

Mary, the Mother

From Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium

Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love.  She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his praises.  She is the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking in our lives.  She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain.  As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for all peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice.  She is the missionary who draws near to us and accompanies us throughout life, opening our hearts to faith by her maternal love.  As a true mother, she walks at our side, she shares out struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love.  Through her many titles, often linked to her shrines, Mary shares the history of each people which has received the Gospel and she becomes part of their historic identity.  Many Christian parents ask that their children be baptized in a Marian shrine, as a sign of their faith in her motherhood which brings forth new children for God.  There, in these many shrines, we can see how Mary brings together her children who with great effort come as pilgrims to see her and to be seen by her.  Here they find strength from God to bear the weariness and the suffering in their lives.  As she did with Juan Diego, Mary offers them maternal comfort and love, and whispers in their ear: “Let your heart not be troubled…Am I not here, who am your Mother?”


Mass Schedule

Easter-Oct. 31
Sunday 8 AM,
10 AM, 12 PM
Saturday 7 AM, 11 AM & 5:30 PM

Nov. 1-Palm Sunday
Sunday 9 AM & 11 AM
Saturday 7 AM, 11 AM & 5:30 PM

Weekday Masses
7 AM & 11 AM

Devotions every Sunday, 2:30 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4 PM to 5 PM

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