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

Easter Triduum at Our Lady of Consolation

     Holy Thursday April 17    Only Mass is at 7:00 p.m.
     Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper includes the washing of feet, offertory collection of food
     for the poor and rice bowls, and mass concludes with the Eucharistic procession to the lower
     basilica where adoration continues until midnight.

     Good Friday April 18
     8:00 a.m.      Solemn Morning Prayer
     12:00 noon   Ecumenical Musical Reflection on the Seven Last Words of Jesus
                          Adoremus Ecumenical Choir
     3:00 p.m.      Stations of the Cross in the Shrine Park (lower basilica in inclement weather)
     7:00 p.m.      Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion
                          Liturgy of the Word with the Passion According to John, Veneration of the Cross,
                          and Holy Communion

     Holy Saturday April 19
     8:00 a.m.     Solemn Morning Prayer with Lamentations and Preparatory Prayers for those
                          to be baptized at the Vigil
     9:00 p.m.     Easter Vigil: begins outdoors with blessing of fire, includes baptisms and sacraments
                         of initiation, reception of new Catholics into the Church.

     Easter Sunday April 20
     Masses :     8:00 a.m.     10:00 a.m.  and 12:00 noon
                        There are no Shrine Devotions on Easter Sunday

Please note:  Sunday Mass Schedule of 8:00, 10:00 and 12:00 begins Easter Sunday and continues through the last Sunday of October.

The Carey Ecumenical Choir – Adoramus

will present their annual Ecumenical Music Reflection at 12:00 Noon on Good Friday, April 18, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street in Carey.  Adoramus is directed by the Basilica’s Director of Music, Mr. Jack Gerding, and accompanied by Mrs. Joy Orians.  This year’s program is based on the “Seven Last Words of Christ” and will bring you to the last hours of Christ’s life through narration and meditative song.  All are welcome to the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation to hear the music of this solemn day in the stunning acoustics of this historic Basilica.  For more information call 419-396-7107 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Our Lady of Consolation Shrine Cafeteria
Easter Buffet

(includes roast beef, chicken, ham, salad bar, potatoes, veggies & dessert)

Sunday, April 20th

10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Adults $10.50 plus tax  -  6 to 12 years $7.50 plus tax

5 years and under FREE!


The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation welcomes you. The basilica is open for prayer at any time of day or night.   Please note the schedule for masses, devotions and the sacrament of reconciliation in the right hand column of this page.  Come and experience the consolation of our Blessed Mother’s intercession.

Mary, Mother of God

- from a Homily of Pope Francis
Mary has always been present in the hearts, the piety and above all the pilgrimage of faith of the Christian people. “The Church journeys through time… and on this journey she proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary” (Redemptoris Mater, 2). Our journey of faith is the same as that of Mary, and so we feel that she is particularly close to us. As far as faith, the hinge of the Christian life, is concerned, the Mother of God shared our condition. She had to take the same path as ourselves, a path which is sometimes difficult and obscure. She had to advance in the “pilgrimage of faith” (Lumen gentium, 58).

Our pilgrimage of faith has been inseparably linked to Mary ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27). These words serve as a testament, bequeathing to the world a Mother. From that moment on, the Mother of God also became our Mother! When the faith of the disciples was most tested by difficulties and uncertainties, Jesus entrusted them to Mary, who was the first to believe, and whose faith would never fail. The “woman” became our Mother when she lost her divine Son. Her sorrowing heart was enlarged to make room for all men and women, all, whether good or bad, and she loves them as she loved Jesus. The woman who at the wedding at Cana in Galilee gave her faith-filled cooperation so that the wonders of God could be displayed in the world, at Calvary kept alive the flame of faith in the resurrection of her Son, and she communicates this with maternal affection to each and every person. Mary becomes in this way a source of hope and true joy!

The Mother of the Redeemer goes before us and continually strengthens us in faith, in our vocation and in our mission. By her example of humility and openness to God’s will she helps us to transmit our faith in a joyful proclamation of the Gospel to all, without reservation. In this way our mission will be fruitful, because it is modeled on the motherhood of Mary. To her let us entrust our journey of faith, the desires of our heart, our needs and the needs of the whole world, especially of those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace, and for God. Let us then together invoke her, and I invite you to invoke her three times…: Mother of God! Mother of God! Mother of God! Amen.

Our Lady of Consolation Shrine History

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation is a place of great peace where pilgrims can pray and pay homage to the Blessed Mother.

Across the street from the Basilica stands the original Shrine Church. Construction on this, the first church in Carey, began in 1868 under the direction of Father Edward Vatmann, pastor of St. Michael’s in Findlay, Ohio.The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

Once the church building was completed enough for its dedication, it was given the name of St. Edward. Care of the little church was given to Father Joseph Peter Gloden, pastor of the church of St. Nicholas, Frenchtown.

Father Joseph encouraged the faithful in Carey to complete the construction and asked them to direct their prayers to Mary, the Mother of God, under the title of Our Lady of Consolation, the patroness of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Father Joseph and the congregation promised to re-name the church in honor of Our Lady of Consolation upon its completion. As a means to support their devotion, Father Joseph procured a replica of the statue of Our Lady of Consolation which has always been revered in the Cathedral of Luxembourg.

On May 24, 1875, the statue of Our Lady of Consolation was carried in procession from the church of St. Nicholas to the church in Carey. It was during this procession that the first sign of the special intercession of the Blessed Virgin for all who were to pray in this little church was revealed. As the procession marched, a severe storm raged in the entire area. Though the faithful could see the rain pouring down on all sides of them for the entire seven-mile walk, not a drop touched the statue of Our Lady of Consolation nor anyone in the procession.

This memorable church, the place of so many favors granted through Mary, remains today not only as a relic of the past, but as a place of prayer and worship. Members of Our Lady of Consolation parish gather there for early morning Mass, and many groups celebrate the goodness of God with special programs and devotions within its walls.


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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