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

To all Visitors, Pilgrims and Faithful Parishioners:

October 26th, was the last outdoor rosary procession for the year.  Marian Devotions & Benediction will continue throughout the year, but the rosary will be prayed inside the basilica.  
Also, please note that between November 1st thru Palm Sunday (Winter Mass Schedule), Sunday Masses will be at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. The Saturday evening Mass at 5:30 pm is offered throughout the year. May the Lord bless you all!

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Day Buffet

at the Our Lady of Consolation Shrine Cafeteria
315 Clay Street, Carey, Ohio

Buffet will be offered
Thursday, November 27th, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Reservations required:

Call the Shrine office at 419-396-7107 or the
Shrine Cafeteria at 419-396-3007


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.

Prayers needed for Christians in Iraq

Join our Holy Father Pope Francis, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Bagdad, His Beatitude Raphael Sako, and our Chaldean pilgrims in praying for an end to the violence and attacks on the Christian population of Iraq.  May God bless them with lasting peace.

Please visit the website of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas for more information:

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?”

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

Our Lady of Consolation Video