Mission & Vision
Grounded in the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus Christ, in the year 2111, it will be said of The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii that it is known nationwide as a holy place of pilgrimage and prayer and as a model of effective shrine ministry; is an innovative center for spirituality and the arts integrating body and soul; is a recognized leader of creative engagement with all people of faith and for returning Catholics; and that it is a major influence in promoting the dignity of the human person, organizing against injustices and as a place to pray for peace, where the heart always has a home.
Consecrated to Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii is a place to pray for peace that embraces all pilgrims of faith. A center of hospitality and spiritual growth, the Shrine’s ministry is one of spiritual assistance and service where all might experience inspirational moments of prayer, comfort and contemplation. The Shrine is a gift of the Italian American community to the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our mission is to dedicate our resources to healing, prayer, pilgrimage and:
To maintain the Shrine as a place of pilgrimage and spiritual comfort;
To be committed to Archdiocesan efforts of evangelization and healing for alienated and non-practicing Catholics of all ages;
To provide a center for younger generation Italian Americans to more deeply understand, recognize and appreciate their rich cultural identity and deeply rooted devotion to Mary;
To joyfully celebrate the sacred moments of life, the feasts and seasons of the Church year, especially the solemnities of Mary and the Italian patron saints;
To preserve and enhance a ministry of spiritual assistance and service;
To be a place of unity and reconciliation for Italian Americans dispersed throughout the Chicago area, the nation and the world.
To celebrate vibrant Sunday and feast day liturgies marked with warm hospitality, inspiring music and preaching;
To express the richness of the Italian culture and foster appreciation of this rich heritage as a gift to all within our multicultural Archdiocese and society;