The Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways - Route 66 - Raymond, Illinois
Located along Historic Route 66 in the panhandle of Montgomery County, Illinois, the Shrine of Our Lady of the Highways has watched over travelers along the Mother Road and Interstate 55 since the late 1950's. While much of the pavement of Route 66 has been returned to the fields of rural Central Illinois, the Shrine remains as a testament to the weary traveler and Mother Mary's guidance and protection over the highway and her travelers.

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Shrine - Sunday, October 25, 2009 - with mass and refreshments at the Shrine. Visit our Anniversary Page.

Visit the Shrine...
Route 66 Roadside Attraction
...and experience the history of the Mother Road as it still exists throughout the cities and fields of Illinois. As part of a stretch of Old US 66 that includes many treasured landmarks, the Shrine approaches its sixth decade as a monument to the adventuresome spirit of the American traveler and the perils faced on the road as well as a family's devotion to the Lord and Mother Mary.

The History...
Learn all about the history of the Shrine, enjoy pictures from its early days to the present, and find out how Route 66 has helped shape the area around Montgomery County. Directions to the Shrine will help you navigate your way to the landmark from either the Mother Road or more modern highways.

Contact us with any questions, and be sure to sign our virtual guestbook.
The Ministry...
The Our Lady of the Highways Ministry is alive and active in the Central Illinois Catholic community. Experience one of our spring or fall conferences in person or relive past events on our Ministry page.

Join us this October to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Shrine. Mass is October 25th with a light meal; for details visit the Anniversary Page.

The Shrine

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The Shrine