ST. MEINRAD, Ind. — The regular Saturday morning Mass held at the historic Monte Cassino Shrine — Saint Meinrad Archabbey’s chapel to honor the Blessed Mother — has been moved to a new location while the shrine undergoes some restoration.
Beginning July 15, Mass will be held at the usual 7 a.m (central time) in the Guest House Chapel, located on the grounds of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
The restoration project is being conducted in a number of phases. Last summer, work was completed to reinforce and stabilize the building and tuck point the exterior. This summer, a sandstone front patio will be installed, with a prayer garden nearby. In addition, the artwork on the inside walls of the chapel is being cleaned and restored.
A heating, ventilation and air conditioning system was recently installed, which will protect the walls and woodwork from deterioration.
Devotion at the Marian shrine began in the mid-19th century and the current shrine dates to 1870.