Welcome to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island!
The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island was established by the Missionaries of the Company of Mary in order to be a center of authentic Marian Spirituality & Devotion, and to renew Catholic life in the Diocese of Rockville Center through liturgy, preaching & pilgrimages.
Daily Mass is offered at 11:30 AM. Starting at the end of April, Sunday Mass is outside at the Rock, a gorgeous setting and one of the highest points on Long Island. On Wednesdays, Eucharistic Adoration starts after the 11:30 AM Mass and ends at 9 PM.
After Mass, you can pray the Outdoor Stations of the Cross and the Outdoor Rosary Walk. There is also a large Gift Shop with Religious items from around the world, as well as a Coffee Shop where you can sit and enjoy a relaxing bite to eat.
We welcome groups, parishes and pilgrims. If you would like to plan a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island with your group or parish, please call (631) 325-0661.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN…… .
1953 – 70 ACRES IN EASTPORT, LONG ISLAND WERE DONATED TO THE MONTFORT MISSIONARIES BY CRESCENZO & ANGELINA VIGLIOTTA, SR. FOR A SHRINE TO HONOR MARY, MOTHER OF GOD.
1957 – MR. AND MRS. JOHN HARRISON OF EAST MORICHES FOLLOW WITH THEIR GIFT OF THE “ROCK” AND SURROUNDING ACRES OVERLOOKING MORICHES BAY.
1975 – 18 FOOT STATUE OF MARY AND THE CHRIST CHILD DESIGNED BY RAFAEL DESOTO OF PATCHOGUE WAS A GIFT OF MARIO & ROSE VIGLIOTTA, THOMAS & ROSELLA VIGLIOTTA, AND ERNEST & PHIL VIGLIOTTA AND PLACED ATOP ON THE “ROCK”
1976 – BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL CONSTRUCTED. DEDICATION OF SHRINE TO “OUR LADY OF THE ISLAND” ON OCTOBER 2ND.
1977 – PILGRIM HALL WAS OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TO RECEIVE LARGE GROUPS
1979 – DESIGN, PLANTING AND BLESSING OF ROSARY WALK- GREEN SHRUBS AND BUSHES REPRESENT CRUCIFIX AND 150 BEADS OF THE ROSARY DONATED AND MAINTAINED BY ELVIRA AND PHILLIP HAGENBERGER.
1981- STATIONS OF THE CROSS – OUTDOOR STATIONS CONSTRUCTED ALONG 1/4 MILE WOODED PATH
1981 – GIFT SHOP AND CAFETERIA OPENED IN PILGRIM HALL
1982 – RESURRECTION OF JESUS, THE 15TH STATION WAS THE GIFT OF THE ALBERT & MINNIE DANZA FAMILY.
1984 – HOLY STAIRS, THE 12TH STATION, DESIGNED AND DONATED BY MR. NICK MONTANARO.
1985 – “PIETA” SET ON THE KNOLL TO GREET VISITORS. GIFT OF FR. AUGUST NEUMANN.
“MEMORIAL BOOK” -GIFT OF REGINA AND DAVID FITZGERALD. HONORING ALL THE SHRINE’S FRIENDS AND BENEFACTORS.
HOW IT ALL CONTINUES
THANKS TO OUR VOLUNTEERS, OUR ARCHITECT, MR. LEE SAGISTANO, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND COLUMBIETTES, CATHOLIC AND FRATERNAL ORGANIZATIONS. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO YOU BECAUSE YOU MAKE THE SHRINE A PLACE OF PRAYER.
Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM
Fr. Pete D’Abele, SMM
Fr. Roy Tvrdik, SMM