The Shrine Of Mary

Mother of the Light


The opening of the Shrine of Our Lady

Opened on the 7th of December 2019, The Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of the Light is a place of pilgrimage where all are welcome to enjoy the beauty of God's creation.


Fourvière is a haven of silence and beauty that allows one to leave a world lost in artificial connections in order to reconnect with the self, others and God.

Come to visit this Living Marian Shrine with the beautiful replica of the golden statue of Our Lady. The original, stands above the Basilica in Fourvière, Lyon, France. The first missionaries to Oceania, including Saint Peter Chanel (patron Saint of New Zealand), Bishop Pompallier (New Zealand's first Bishop) and the Venerable Mother Suzanne Aubert, all went to pledge themselves and consecrate their missions to Our Heavenly Mother, at Fourvière, before embarking on their voyages to the Pacific to bring the Gospel of Jesus to our land.

Pilgrim Shelter


The Pilgrim Shelter & Picnic Area

which offers a place of rest and refreshment for body and soul, with a beautiful view to the Shrine and an extended indoor and outdoor picnic area. (12 Stars is opening soon -  in September 2020).

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Te Ara o te Marama

The Way of the Light

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The Commemoration of the Fourvière Pledge

On the 25th of July, we had the pleasure to welcome brothers and sisters from various marian congregations.

They came to commemorate the Pledge made to Our Lady of Fourviere in Lyon, France by the first Marists missionaries who travelled to Oceania and New Zealand.

We praise God for the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion, the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, the Marist brothers and the Marist Priests, the Marist Laity and the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary.

We give thanks for their presence here in New Zealand and all the work they do for Christ and His Church.

We entrust to the Lord our ongoing efforts to valorize the history of the catholic mission to New Zealand and spread devotion to Our Holy Mother. 

The Sanctuary of  Fourvière 

is closed

from the 2nd January 

to the 2nd February. 

Contact Us 

Tel: +64(0)21825955

Michael Loretz


Thomas Peacock

Apostolate Co-ordinator

Sr Clare

Retreat Co-ordinator

Our Lady of Fourvière is located in Leithfield,

approximately 30 minutes north of Christchurch,

in the beautiful North Canterbury countryside.

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