Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
Some fun facts about this popular shrine site
On the backroads of Holliston, Massachusetts is the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. Its not only a special place to attend Mass but a place to walk around and be inspired by the 30-acre shrine.
This is the home of the Xaverian Missionaries.
Christmas Lights on Display - This year marks the 60th year of lights.
Six Things I Learned about the Shrine
Established in 1950 by a group of priests from Italy. In August 1952, a group of Xaverian Missionary Fathers purchased a 15-room house that had a barn and 23-acres in Holliston. This would be the site of the current shrine.
In July 1948 - Archbishop Richard J. Cushing gave approval to the building of an outdoor shrine on the seminary grounds.
The priests and seminarians designed landscaped much of the work of the shrine.
The Rosary Walk is a 900-foot-long string of boulders fastened by a marine chain as a reminder to pray the rosary every day. The chains are connected to an anchor that was donated by the Navy in memory of President John F. Kennedy. The string of boulders is said to be the largest rosary in the world. Each boulder bears a plaque inscribed with the Hail Mary prayer.
Every thirteenth of the month is "Mary Day" - which honors the appearance of Mary to the children on the thirteenth of each month.
Christmas Lights Tradition - Since 1960, the shrine grounds is decorated with Christmas lights. Hundreds of visitors visit to check out the light display. Lights cover almost half of the 30-acre shrine.
Finding the Shrine