Hereford, Arizona: Our Lady of the Sierras
The history of Our Lady of the Sierras:
Located about 60 miles south of Tucson, and close to the border of Mexico, the shrine has its origins in the plans of a couple from Chicago to build a retirement home in the area. Following a trip to Medjugorje, they decided to purchase land in this area. inspired by the cross located on Mount Kriezevic in Medjugorje decided to erect a 75-foot tall Cross here. After much resistance from local land-owners (not based on religion, but rather on the aesthetics of the area), and considerable legal expense, they were able to accomplish their dream. Check out their website link below for the amazing story of perseverance that resulted in the Shrine being built.
In 2011, a fire known as the “Monument Fire” started in the area and spread to the Shrine. The fire, whipped by winds, destroyed or damaged 40 homes including the Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras. Today, all has been re-built and the shrine is open to every one.
About the Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras:
The Shrine, as shown in the photo above, consists of the Cross (some 75 feet tall), a statue depicting Our Lady, a chapel, Stations of the Cross and “Mary’s Knoll” at the foot of the hill.
The Shrine is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily in the Spring & Summer months; and 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Winter months.
Holy Hour is held in the Chapel every Sunday at 3:00 pm, lasting about two hours and includes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, the Rosary and Prayers and Special Cross Blessing. Mass is celebrated the first and third Sundays of the month at 2:00 p.m.
Located at the foot of the Shrine is “Mary’s Knoll”, which has the office as well as a prayer room. Regular events at Mary’s Knoll include Friday night Rosary followed by Annointing of the Sick on the first Friday of each month (if a priest is available)
For special events, such as Masses, look under “Chapel News” on their website.
Traveling to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras:
Address: 10310 S Twin Oaks Rd, Hereford, AZ 85615
GPS coordinates: 31° 22′ 51.5496” N, 110° 14′ 3.9300” W
Click here for the official website of Our Lady of the Sierras
Photo credits: Carolyn Crandall