Mission of the Society
St. Anne’s Shrine is an iconic national landmark Catholic Church located in the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, and dedicated to the patronage of St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. Since the shrine was consecrated on Christmas Day in 1895, it has provided a unique atmosphere of faith, prayer, and devotion by those who have come to seek Divine help through the intercession of Good St. Anne.
This monumental church, built by the immigrants of French Canada as a testament to their deep devotion to St. Anne, serves visitors from all over the world to be witnesses of the Christ who has touched our lives. To visitors arriving over the Charles Braga Bridge from the west, it stands out as a beacon of the faith of thousands who struggled, built, and worshiped here for over a century.
Our mission is to restore St. Anne’s in its rightful place as a center of worship, pilgrimage, and evangelization in promoting the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, so that visitors and pilgrims may deepen their conversation with God and align their lives with His Will.
While we are a Roman Catholic shrine, we happily welcome people of good will of all traditions in the spirit of Christian fellowship and support on their own individual journeys.