37 Lee Street, Lowell Massachusetts

The Shrine

We who minister at the Shrine are committed to work collaboratively with one another and with you. Our aim is to provide a place of prayer, conscious reflection, and social action that is hospitable to and calls forth the gifts of all who come to the Shrine. We do this in the spirit of Jesus Christ and of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

St. Joseph the Worker Shrine is located in downtown Lowell, in the historic district. It’s a friendly and welcoming place for those of all faiths or no faith. Visitors come here to receive the sacrament of reconciliation as well as to participate in the celebration of Mass. But many come throughout the day to be alone with the Lord in quiet prayer and reflection.

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Visitors on pilgrimage are most welcome and they come from various parts of New England and beyond.  Space in front of the Shrine is reserved for buses. Contact 978-458-6346 or email us for more information.
The Oblate Historical Museum, located on the 4th floor of the Shrine will be open each Saturday from 10:00 am [...]

Shrine Outreach

Pope John Paul II remind us that shrines are places in which “believers not only revive their faith but also become clearly aware of the duties that derive from it in the social field.” St. Joseph the Worker Shrine has a special fund for the poor, the St. Anthony Fund. Those who worship [...]

The Oblates and the City of Lowell

As a lasting tribute to Father Andre Garin, OMI, first pastor of St. Joseph Church, the citizens of Lowell on October 22, 1896 dedicated a statue in his memory in front of St. Jean Baptist Church, his last building.  Over the years Oblates established and staffed new parishes for the ever-increasing Lowell population and these in [...]

Oblates of Mary Immaculate

The Oblates are a worldwide missionary congregation of priests and brothers founded in France in 1816.  We live together in community as brothers and bring the good news of the Gospel to all-but especially the poor.  The dictionary defines Oblate as “a religious offering”.  Oblates make an offering of their lives by taking vows of [...]

A Little Bit of History

On April 18, 1868, Father André Garin O.M.I. arrived in Lowell to preach a mission at St. Patrick’s Church to the hundreds of French-speaking mill workers, who had migrated from Canada.  The local diocesan priest, Father O’Brien, could only minister in English.  This was a barrier for the many Canadians who were busy keeping the thousands [...]