The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage celebrated it's 5 year anniversary on Sunday, April 24, 2022.
The anniversary was celebrated by the community throughout the day. Bishop Robert Reed celebrated the 9:30am Mass. A small reception was held on the plaza following both the 9:30am Mass and the 7:00pm Mass.
A larger reception was held at Tuscan Kitchen following the 11:30am Mass.
View photos of the celebration on our Facebook Page.
View a special commemorative booklet by clicking the PDF link below:
Following Mary’s example, and guided by her exemplary discipleship, as epitomized by her Magnificat, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage seeks to make Jesus Christ known by bringing his welcoming and loving presence into the midst of the world: through prayer, the Sacraments, works of mercy, beauty, devotions, and by ministering to all who pass through her doors.
In 2017, no one envisioned what the shrine would blossom into. The Cardinal foresaw the possibility of making the shrine an important center of young adult ministry. Certainly, young adult ministry, young adult catechesis and ongoing enticement, and young couples preparing for marriage have become a vital part of our mission as a shrine community.
Overall, however, the age demographics of the shrine are quite diverse. Attending Our Lady of Good Voyage most days are a combination of working people on their lunch-breaks, residents, and visitors. In the afternoon, evenings, and weekends, many people stop by the shrine to pray, speak with a priest or shrine staff, or attend Mass. Among the frequent visitors are parents with their children, people who live nearby, tourists and students.
Our mission has therefore evolved to be that of a welcoming, prayerful oasis of Catholic spirituality in a midst of a vibrant urban center.
As mentioned elsewhere in this booklet, our outreach to young adults has frequently resulted in couples later seeking to get married at the shrine. Often times, this has translated into adults seeking to receive their Sacraments of Initiation and, later, the Baptism of children.
In 2021, there were more than 50 weddings at the Seaport Shrine and more than 25 baptisms. Evenings of prayerful vocational discernment have also taken place—and borne results—with men applying to the seminary.
Early in the shrine’s history, parishioners expressed a desire to reach out to the greater South Boston community, especially to those struggling with poverty and substance use. Through the shrine’s partnership with St. Monica’s parish and the Good Samaritan Ministry there has been an outpouring of goodwill from the Our Lady of Good Voyage community as people have reached beyond their comfort zones to minister to the lost sheep of our city.
During these past five years, the shrine is seen by both Catholics and non-Catholics alike as a good neighbor. We cherish the friendly ties that the shrine has built and continues to maintain with business establishments and neighborhood associations. We look forward to continuing our role as the Seaport community’s lovely church, making the love of Christ apparent.