La Salette Shrine
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History and Program
A tragic fire on November 5, 1999 destroyed “The Solomon’s Sanatorium.” The following year, the new Shrine Church of Our Lady of La Salette was dedicated on September 19, 2000.
Constant strands in the history of this Attleboro property do seem to be: dream and struggle, hope and healing, dark night of the search and bright lights pointing the way.
November 15, 2003 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops notified the shrine that it had been granted the new designation of “National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.”
Inspired by the tears of Mary shed a La Salette in 1846, we respond to the brokenness of our world.
We offer this place of pilgrimage where people are reconciled to God, others, and self in a healing environment of beauty, peace, and prayer.
The La Salette Charism of reconciliation is the guiding principle enlightening all the theological, liturgical, and pastoral perspectives of the shrine.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette strives to integrate the values of ecumenism, concern for peace and justice issues, and the equality of women in all ministries.
The new facility was designed to allow the thousands of visiting pilgrims a place to worship as well as the local parish members. The main entry is created by a series of metal and masonry columns that provide support for the canopy which provides protection from the elements. As you enter into the Gathering space you are greeted by massive stained glass windows that wrap the sides and rear of the worship space and fill this space with light providing an uplifting experience for those that visit. The reconciliation chapels are located adjacent to the main space accessible off the gathering space. The plan is designed in a concentric oval shape with everything radiating from the altar. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel provides the base foundation for the cross that rises up through the building and is finished with a gold cross and contains the imbedded Tabernacle.