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, waterfalls, a Holy Innocents Garden, the Way of the Cross, the Way of the Saints, Rosaries and much 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 thehouseofmaryshrine@gmail.com, 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.

Schedule of Events


• Easter Sunrise Service


• Divine Mercy Sunday


• May Crowning - 1st Sunday in May


• Rosary Rally - 1st Sunday in October

(Candlelight Rosary Around

the Rosary Pond)


• Feast of the Holy Innocents

December 28th




Saturdays - 9:00 AM

Mondays - 9:00 AM (May-Sept.)


Divine Mercy Chaplet & Rosary

Prayed Before Masses at 8:30 AM


Patriotic Rosary

Sundays - 4:00 PM


Chapel is open daily for

quiet prayer.


Tours by appointment.


Board Members

Lee Barkley

Kevin Buhl

Theresa Hendrickson

Jim & Mary Ann Plavec

Ron Rucker

Jean Weller

Christy Westerman

Fr. Ken Lulf, Spiritual Director


The Mission
of The House of Mary Shrine is to build, develop, pray and promote a Marian Shrine in South Dakota and promote devotion to the Blessed Mother.