100 Years of Pilgrimage, Worship, and Prayer

Our National Shrine has marked a milestone in its long history in the city of New Orleans - the 100th anniversary of its dedication on State Street. We think this is an occasion to commemorate and celebrate. We hope you do, too. On January 6, 1924, New Orleans Archbishop John Shaw dedicated the Shrine as the National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Since then, the Shrine has been a sacred place where people of various backgrounds and locations come to pray before the statue of OLPS, often to ask for quick relief from impending harm. Storms, wars, disease, and personal unrest at times have threatened us. As a city, a state, and as individuals, we have often prayed: “Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us!” For many, the Shrine has been and continues to be our refuge where hope, comfort, consolation, and peace are found.

2024 - Our Centennial Year!

We are excited to announce that 2024 is the Shrine’s Centennial Year of commemoration and will feature celebratory events throughout the year. The kickoff event will be a concert on January 6 in our beautiful Shrine featuring another treasure of our city, our music. The concert will feature the beautiful voice of New Orleans’s own global soprano, Sarah Jane McMahon! Another exciting event will be the premiere showing of a new WYES documentary chronicling the Shrine’s rich history. Additional events, such as lectures, viewings, and spiritual activities will follow throughout 2024. While we hope you will be able to share in the enjoyment of these activities with us, we also invite you to participate in the Shrine’s Centennial Year in a very significant way - by becoming a Centennial Year Sponsor. Your contribution will go toward underwriting the wonderful events of the year and will help ensure a sound fiscal foundation, protecting and preserving the Shrine for future generations.

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The National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor serves God and all God’s peopleas the center of devotion to the Mother of Jesus under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor—quick help. The shrine is a place of pilgrimage, worship and prayer and welcomes all who wish to come to this sacred place.

Centennial Celebration Events

January 6, 2024

Kick-Off Concert

Two Treasures: The Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the Music of New Orleans! Kick-Off Concert featuring Sarah Jane McMahon, Tim Laughlin, Jim McCormick, Philip Manuel, Lulu Reeks, and Jesse Reeks

January 5, 2024

Triduum of Preparation for the Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor 
January 5-7, 2024

Father Anthony McGinn, S.J.

January 8, 2024

Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Mass of Thanksgiving

Archbishop Gregory Aymond

February 29, 2024

Lenten Evening of Reflection

River Parishes Dean, Father Stephen Dardis

May 30, 2024

Virtual Rosary: a midday prayer for safety during hurricane season

Dr. Tom Ryan, Loyola Professor and Director of Ministry

June 14, 2024

Patriotic Concert

A United States Flag Day Salute

August 15, 2024

Solemnity of the Assumption and Blessing of the Herbs

Rev. Victor Laroche, O.P.
University Chaplain,
Xavier University of Louisiana

October 3, 2024

History of the Devotion to OLPS

Archivist and Lecturer, Emilie Gagnet Leumas

November 10, 2024

1895 OLPS Coronation Crowns Exhibit

Centerpiece of the First Crowning in the U.S. Sanctioned by the Church

December 8, 2024

Caroling in the Chapel

An interactive Christmas Celebration!

With the exception of the WYES documentary premiere, ALL celebrations are free and open to the public, and they will take place in the Shrine: 2701 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. Times and additional information will be announced as we approach each event…mark your calendars!

Shrine Centennial Committee

Mat Grau

Sister Carolyn M. Brockland, OSU
Shrine Director Emerita

Kaki Pittman Smith
Shrine Director

Daniel J. Erspamer

Angelle Carr Gonzales

Mary Lee Berner Harris

Cynthia Johnson McDonald

Karen Hubble Mortillaro

Suzanne Jones Myers

Abigail Greenbaum Roniger