Candlelit Rosary Sunday Oct 2nd at 7pm in honor of Respect Life month and Mary whom we particularly honor in October.

Let us continue to pray for peace in our world and in our families! Mary please bless, guide and protect us and lead us ever closer to your son!

The Shrine is run by volunteers. Feel free to help out where you see a need or call the Shrine for more details.

The Gift Shop is now open daily from 1-4pm!! May God Bless our volunteers!!


May Mary continue to bless all those involved, physically and financially, in the big projects at the Shrine and those who help with the daily upkeep!


Check out the News tab and subtabs for current and prior activities at the Shrine. See the Volunteer, Giving and Contact tabs if you are interested in donating your time, talents or treasure. Donations and time are greatly appreciated as we work on the caretaker home!



3rd Saturday of the month at 8:30am

Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary

3rd Saturday of the month at 8am

Patriotic Rosary

Sundays - 4:00 pm

Chapel Hours

Chapel is open daily for quiet prayer.

Gift Shop

Open after mass on the 3rd Saturday and daily from 1-4pm. Watch the Yankton Catholic church bulletins for additional hours or call 661-7156 for an appointment. Thanks


By Appointment

Our Mission

To build, develop, pray, and promote a Marian Shrine in South Dakota honoring our Blessed Mother.

Welcome to The House of Mary Shrine

The House of Mary Shrine is located 6 miles west of Yankton, SD. Three Crosses tower above from a bluff overlooking Lewis & Clark Lake. The bluff is similar to other bluffs near Gavins Point Dam with its panoramic view while eagles soar above, and wildlife flourishes. There is much more to this bluff however, as the three giant Crosses stand, sentinel reminders of the life and death of Jesus Christ.

Down the slope, other surprises await—a Chapel, statues, flowing waters, a Holy Innocents Garden, the Way of the Cross, the Way of the Saints, Rosaries, Veteran's Memorial, Gift Shop and more. It is quiet, peaceful and inviting to all who pass by. It is an oasis for prayer.

Come and enjoy for yourself the tranquil sanctity.

One might ask, “What is a shrine?” The late Lambert Hoch answered: “A shrine is a place in which people can pause, rest, meditate and become refreshed in mind and in body.”

This Shrine began its development when a young couple, Ed and Jean English, purchased land to build a home. A Priest told them to “save a portion for God.” They were also told “you will be surprised the people God will send to help.” And so it is, since 1971, the Shrine has grown and developed through work of volunteers and generous donations.

Come for a visit and discover for yourself the quiet beauty.

For information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, contact the Shrine at, PO Box 455, Yankton, SD 57078, or 605-668-0121.

Be sure to investigate other pages on this Web site to learn more of the history and happenings of The House of Mary Shrine. Blessings to You!

Tour Guide

Please click the link below for a printable tri-fold brochure that will guide you through the features of the House of Mary Shrine. Copies are also available inside St. Joseph's Chapel at the Shrine. Click on the Features tab and subtabs above for more details.

Tour Guide