By the grace of God, the Cross of St. Benedict ministry has moved its location near the Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope, which incidentally, is the Marian title that we have entrusted our mission.  

In God’s providence, He not only gave us the know how to support ourselves in our community.  He also allowed us to be very close to a Marian Shrine, so that we will have the opportunity to pray unceasingly for souls that have requested our prayers.

Though Catholic faithfuls travel to distant places to go on a pilgrimage, the Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope is located in a small quaint town.   The Shrine has daily Holy Masses.  The Diocese of Charleston has also approved this site as one of the Holy Doors of Mercy.

Following is the canonical basis of a shrine.

What is a Shrine?

Canon 1230 states that a shrine is a church or a sacred place which has the approval of the bishop and which is visited by the faithful as pilgrims.

Important elements to a Catholic shrine are the following:

  • 1.It has a particular focus of devotion.
  • 2.The Diocesan bishop plays an important role in its establishment.
  • Canon 1234 §1. At shrines the means of salvation are to be supplied more abundantly to the faithful by the diligent proclamation of the word of God, the suitable promotion of liturgical life especially through the celebration of the Eucharist and of penance, and the cultivation of approved forms of popular piety.


Code of Canon Law, Vatican

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