Our Lady of Faith Shrine
Iowa County, IA
"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." Mary has become really present in the mystery of Christ precisely because she has believed.
The shrine initiative comes from Pope Benedict's proclamation of a Year of Faith for 2012-2013. In years to come, we hope the Shrine to become a place for May pilgrimages - and to serve as a source of graces to revive May devotions to the Mother of God in Central Iowa and beyond.
Directions to the Shrine from the North:
Drive west on I-80 from exit 244 (Dubuque Street, Iowa City) to exit 216. After exiting, turn left on V66 and go south approximately 6.7 miles to a 4-way stop at the intersection of V66 and F52. Turn right on F52 (toward Millersburg) and go west for one mile. Turn right on a gravel road (L Ave) before crossing the bridge over the English River. Go north about 0.8 miles to 280th street. Turn left on 280th street and go west one mile to K Avenue and turn right. Go north for 0.6 miles to an entry onto a farmland gravel road that leads uphill toward the Shrine. The distance from exit 244 on I-80 to the Shrine is approximately 38 miles.
The GPS address of the Shrine site is 2738 K Avenue, Williamsburg, IA, 52361. However, the directions as given by Google Maps are not correct when they suggest "driving South on K Avenue": coming "from the South" on K is the correct route to reach the Shrine, as explained on the directions given above.
Directions to the Shrine from the South:
From the intersection of highways 1 & 22 at Kalona go west towards Wellman on 22. Proceed west thru Wellman to South English, roughly 15 miles from Wellman. At South English, go north on Hwy 149. Proceed north on 149 thru North English and go 5 to 6 miles to where 149 makes a right turn to Parnell and Williamsburg. Keep going straight about 0.75 miles to the stop sign. Turn left at the stop sign onto F52. Go one mile and turn right on a gravel road (L Ave). If you cross the bridge you've gone too far. Continue about 0.8 miles to 280th street. Turn left on 280th street and go west one mile to K Avenue and turn right. Go north for 0.6 miles to an entry onto a farmland gravel road that leads uphill toward the Shrine.
You can pull in just short of the buildings and follow the trail or pull into the house drive and go straight on the path to the right of the machine shed.
The English River valley, South of the Shrine
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