The people of today are nomadic, not just in their ideas but also physically. They
travel a lot. But the nomad also requires reference points. In the desert we need
to know where to find water holes.
This is as true for the Christian as for everyone else. This is why, today, pilgrimages
and Sanctuaries are so important; they are resting places and an oasis in a busy
world which can, so often, be a spiritual desert. Each Sanctuary has its own particular
atmosphere. Pilgrims find a source of enrichment in one Sanctuary or another.
The European Marian Network links twenty Sanctuaries the same as the number of decades
in the Rosary. Many of them are situated behind the former «Iron Curtain». Almost
every European country is represented in the European Marian Network. The best known
Sanctuary of each country was chosen. Under different titles, the Blessed Virgin
Mary is venerated in every country in different ways and by different Christian confessions.
May Mary help nations to grow in union with each other and bring unity between all
The European Marian Network was formed in 2003 with the encouragement of Rome. The
Sanctuary Animators from the members of the Network meet each year to get to know
each other better and, above all, to understand better the needs of the millions
of pilgrims and visitors who frequent these Sanctuaries.
In 2006, the late Bishop Caruana accepted a proposal that the Shrine of Our Lady
of Europe be included in the European Marian Network. Close ties are kept with other
National Marian Shrines spread across Europe. We therefore promote their testimony
and echo their message.