If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
  – St. Teresa of Calcutta

Please click here to read about The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii’s Pilgrimage Ministry.

Please join us for the following upcoming events.


Servant of God, Thea Bowman Prayer

Categories: Other, Pilgrimage Event

Prayer by Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman
Creator God, Sr. Thea told us that, “if we walk on, and talk on, and work on, and pray on, and hold on, and love on in faith, we shall overcome. Overcome weakness, overcome fatigue, overcome exhaustion, overcome pain and loneliness, overcome frustration, overcome the prejudices and the stereotypes, the anxieties, the grief, the fear, the negative attitudes–all those barriers and boundaries that keep us apart, overcome racism and classism and sexism and materialism, all those ‘isms’ that keep us apart.” We ask you this, through your Son, the Prince of Peace, and in the Spirit of Hope, One God for ever and ever. Amen.


Lost Child Pilgrimage, A Father/Widower’s Personal Story of Loss and Grief

Categories: Homepage Feature, Pilgrimage Event

21st annual Lost Child Pilgrimage (in person) Saturday, October 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Are you, or is someone you know Grieving the Death of a Child?

We invite men and women who have lost a child to explore the sacred journey of loss, healing and hope.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii stands with and for men and women who carry the burden of grieving the death of a child. We of Mary’s House open our doors and our hearts to you, standing with you, for Mary’s Bethlehem joy was Mary’s Calvary vigil of sorrow as well. We have faith in the power of prayer to heal the soul and faith in the comfort and support of a community coming together in solidarity.

Speaker: Brian Roman, PhD is a molecular imaging scientist at the University of Chicago and is on the Executive Board of The Shrine of Pompeii.

Before adopting their son, Joseph, from Kazakhstan, Brian and his wife Laura suffered multiple in utero losses. His wife Laura was diagnosed with brain cancer following the last loss and Laura died in 2018. Brian and Laura presented as a couple at one of the first “Lost Child” pilgrimages. Brian will share their story of child loss, especially as a man/husband, as well as some family insight about the loss of Laura as a daughter and sister.

PROGRAM: Welcoming Remarks, Prayer of Lamentation, Speaker Presentation & Prayer of Hope.

Facilitated Breakout Sessions:

1: “Precious Babies, Regaining Life and Hope” Miscarriage and Infant Loss

2: “Milestones Celebrated and Mourned: The Death of a Child or Adolescent”

3: “When Your Adult Child Predeceases You”

4: “Torn from Our Arms: Traumatic and Sudden Loss of a Child of Any Age”

Freewill Donations will be gratefully received.

Masks will be required and we will follow current Covid-19 restrictions for Chicago and Illinois.

In the event of restriction changes, this program may become virtual.

All are welcome.

Please click here to make a freewill donation which are gratefully received.  Thank you.

Please click here to register via Event Brite.  Registration closes on October 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM.

Thank you.