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Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
+1 205-271-2917
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Found peace in a world of strugle

It is amazing what a poor Italian Catholic nun from Ohio accomplished here in the deep south. This... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
Alan V
Historical Venue you will love

This place is amazing. There are numerous areas outside that have been made into a diorama of many... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2017
Joseph M
Hoodsport, Washington
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Thousands of people journey to it every year, taking in an atmosphere of peace and serenity that engulf them as they approach the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery. A long white picket fence leads visitors to the gates of the 380-acre property through which they see the Shrine. Mother Angelica, the Foundress and Abbess of the monastery, built the Shrine in the 13th century style, resembling the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. From the inlaid marble floors to the breathtaking nearly eight-foot monstrance, every detail of the Main Church leads the soul to contemplate the transcendent beauty of God. The Daily Conventual Mass with the Nuns is at 7 a.m., with Priests available to hear Confession after Mass. The Nuns chant the Liturgy of the Hours daily at 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 5 p.m. The Shrine includes a permanent display of full-size photographic images of the Shroud of Turin. The images stand eight feet tall in glass cases and are backlit for viewing. They are on display in the entrance of the Shrine’s Lower Crypt Church. Other sites to see on the grounds include: Castle San Miguel, which houses the El Nino Gift Shop, a conference room, dining facility, and hall that displays medieval armor and manuscripts; a year-round indoor nativity scene displaying life-like figures made by Fontanini in Italy; a replica of the Lourdes Grotto that rests alongside the Black Warrior River, which surrounds the Shrine property; and the John Paul II Eucharistic Center that offers tours Monday-Saturday at 10AM and 2PM. If you would like to bring a church, school, or family group on a tour or plan a catholic Pilgrimage, please contact our Pilgrimage Department.
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3222 County Road 548, Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL 35077-6360
+1 205-271-2917
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

It is amazing what a poor Italian Catholic nun from Ohio accomplished here in the deep south. This is one of the most peaceful and holy places that I've ever had the privilege to visit. Be sure to attend one of the daily Masses there...More

Thank Alan V
Reviewed 23 November 2017

This place is amazing. There are numerous areas outside that have been made into a diorama of many scenes. Lots to read and view and even if you are not super spiritual you will find it interesting

Thank Joseph M
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Mother Angelica said she was told by infant Jesus to build him a Temple. This is her Temple and her dream is complete with certainly the most beautiful Catholic Church in the Southeastern US. Appropriate clothing is required for men and women. If you desire...More

Thank Wade H
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

The entire Shrine property is beautifully landscaped and filled with nooks containing statues, plaques and benches, ideal for rest and meditation. You drive in two miles from the main road passing fields and cow pastures and enter through the arched main gate. Park your car...More

Thank Laura H
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Beautiful and inspirational. Well kept grounds. Gorgeous Church open for prayer and services. Many places to meditate on these grounds. Nice book store also.

Thank Scibbs
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

You must see to believe. The drive into the shrine is the beginning of the peaceful experience. Love, love, love this place, and I'm not even Catholic! :)

Thank BDGunn
Reviewed 27 September 2017

We have been to the Monestary 3 times and visited EWTN, the television station broadcasting to the world twice. This is a holy peaceful place having beautiful buildings (the Shrine) and beautiful landscapes. It is a place where people of any denomination can find communication...More

Thank geoiii2016
Reviewed 21 August 2017

On a trip north from Florida, we stopped here and were so glad we did. We remembered Mother Angelica's TV show. The Shrine was such a peaceful and blessed place. The area is lovely and the church and other buildings planned with such care. We...More

1  Thank librarian73
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

The property is located on beautiful rolling hills of northern Alabama. The grounds are well manicured and the Italian styled buildings are beautiful. As you walk the property and especially in the Shrine you feel the presence and the glory of God. Morning Mass was...More

1  Thank Charles M
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Visited for the first time and was overwhelmed by the size and beauty of the complex. It is truly magnificent. A 10 mile drive off the interstate is well worth the drive. Inside the main church and the lower level church made you feel like...More

Thank ALA_Traveler52
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Response from prncess803 | Reviewed this property |
Bruce obviously does not understand how to show respect to various cultures. I have taken out shoes when attending a Chinese church. Some worship centers requires a head covering. And if a homeless person in rags showed up... More
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1 May 2016|
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Response from RobertWLindner | Reviewed this property |
P.S. Atlanta rush hour traffic on the beltway is as bad as any. If you are driving to or from at rush hour, I would add another 1/2 hour - hence four hours. I NEVER drive through Atlanta in rush hour. I normally drive... More
13 February 2016|
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Response from Catherine G | Reviewed this property |
The earliest Mass I'm aware of starts at 7am and that is always the best one to attend