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Massillon, Ohio: National Shrine of Saint Dymphna

 

About Saint Dymphna:

In an age of stress and uncertainty, mental health is challenged perhaps as never before. Anxiety disorders, depression and suicide seem to be in the headlines on a daily basis.  Too often, people resort to drugs…both legal and illegal…to help ease their pain.  But there is a better way:

Pewter Saint Dymphna medal and prayer card
Click here to see this Pewter Saint Dymphna medal and prayer card

There is a patron saint of mental and nervous disorders: Saint Dymphna. Her story dates from 7th Century Ireland. Her mother died unexpectedly and her father was so distraught that he was determined to find someone as beautiful as she had been. He became deranged and, when he could not find anyone to replace her, was advised that there was none so becoming as his own daughter. He was talked into trying to marry her.

Naturally, she was repulsed by this idea and fled, along with her spiritual advisor, to Gheel, Belgium. Unfortunately, her father finally tracked her down, she still refused and he killed her.

For the full story, click the Shrine website below.

 

About the National Shrine of Saint Dymphna:

Located at St. Mary Catholic Church, the Shrine of St. Dymphna is dedicated to the patroness of those with mental and emotional disorders.

Shrine and gift shop hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Novena is said daily at 4:00 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday, when Mass is celebrated at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Novena.

Visitors are welcome to visit the votive shrine in the back of St. Mary’s Church before and after weekday Masses (6:30 p.m Monday, 8:15 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday) or weekend Masses at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and Noon on Sundays.

Please note: Due to a fire in 2016, votive candles are not yet available for lighting.  We expect this to change in the near future.

The gift shop has a large array of Saint Dymphna articles including statues, medals, chaplets, prayer cards plus other religious articles.

On their website you will find the history of Saint Dymphna, many testimonials of her intercession, a novena that can be downloaded, religious items to be ordered and much more.

 

Traveling to the National Shrine of Saint Dymphna:

 

The shrine is located about 55 miles south of Cleveland just off State Route 21. The nearest airport is the Akron-Canton Airport.

Address: 206 Cherry Rd NE, Massillon, OH 44646

GPS coordinates: 40° 48′ 8.3268” N, 81° 31′ 22.2420” W

Tel: +1 330-833-8478

Click here for the official website of the National Shrine of Saint Dymphna in Massillon, Ohio. You will also find information on the Feast Day celebrations.

Please note: Due to a fire in 2016, votive candles are not yet available for lighting.  We expect this to change in the near future.

Sources: Fr. Ed Gretchko, National Shrine of Saint Dyphna.

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