East Boston, MA: Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine
About Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine:
Overlooking Logan Airport in Boston is a 32-foot statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is located on the national headquarters of the Order of Don Orione and is a replica of one in the Don Orione Center in Rome.
Both this statue, and the original, were sculpted by an Italian Jewish sculptor named Arrigo Minerbi. He did it as a tribute to the Catholic Church for having protected him and his family from the Nazis during World War II.
The Order founded a home for the elderly sick here and the statue was brought from Italy and unveiled in 1954 before a crowd of over 10,000. Torrential rain that day likely kept many others away.
Additions to the Shrine continued, culminating in the Main Church being dedicated in 1987 by Bernard Cardinal Law and then, in 1990, the O.S.I.A. Pilgrim Hall was dedicated.
Thousands of people visit the Shrine each year. The Shrine is closed on Mondays; Tuesday through Friday it is open from 7:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
There is a full range of spiritual activities as indicated on their website. Masses in English are held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Masses in Spanish are held Tuesday, Wednesday and First Friday at 6:30 p.m. (rosary at 6:00 p.m.); Sundays at 7:30 a.m. (rosary at 7:00 a.m.) and 12:30 p.m. (rosary at noon).
Traveling to Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine:
Address: 150 Orient Ave, Boston, MA 02128
GPS coordinates: 42° 23′ 25.2024” N, 71° 0′ 21.8916” W
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