Shrine Chapel

About the Shrine

Welcome to the National Shrine of St. Thérèse, Juneau, online. The National Shrine of St. Thérèse, Juneau, is a ministry of the Diocese of Juneau and is located approximately 22 miles north of downtown Juneau. The Shrine has welcomed people of all faiths and all corners of the world for over 75 years.

Thank you for visiting the National Shrine of St. Thérèse, Juneau, online.

Mission

Located in an area of exceptional beauty and solitude, the Shrine will be a place of spiritual refuge and retreat for the Diocese of Juneau, other religious groups, and when possible, for other groups utilizing it with reverence and care.

  • Mass
  • Fireweed
  • Eagle
  • Creek

St. Thérèse

The Shrine is dedicated to St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patron saint of Alaska, missionaries, and the Diocese of Juneau. She is known for her Little Way and in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, she wrote that what really mattered in life was not our great deeds, but our great love.

  • Thérèse as a girl
  • Thérèse as a young woman
  • Thérèse as a Carmelite
  • Thérèse as we know her

History

The National Shrine of St. Thérèse, Juneau, began as the dream of Fr. William G. LeVasseur, S.J. (Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits). From the beginning, the Shrine has been a labor of love and touched many people around the world.

  • Chapel corner stone marker
  • The Chapel construction 1938
  • First Mass
  • Shrine island
  • The Lodge 1950s

Location

The National Shrine is located in Tongass National Forest, approximately 22 miles "out the road" north of downtown Juneau. Our street address is 21425 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska 99801.

Our hours are 8:30 am - 10:00 pm in the Summer months (April - September), and 8:30 am - 8:00 pm in the Winter months (October- March).

FAQs

If you have navigated around this website and still have a few questions, then this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section may be just what you're looking for. Here we provide answers to the most commonly asked questions, and in some cases, information that simply doesn't fit anywhere else.

  • Shrine Grounds
  • Mountains
  • the vessel Libby
  • Flowers

Donate

The National Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau, is a ministry of the Diocese of Juneau, but it is not sponsored by the Diocese. There is always work to be done at the Shrine from renovating the buildings to upgrading our water treatment systems to planning for the future. Donations can be made towards a specific project, general operating fund, or in honor/memory of a loved one. 100% of donations go directly to the Shrine.

  • Lupin
  • Shrine grounds
  • Mountains
  • Mist

Contact

Shrine Business Office:

Joseph C. Sehnert, Ex. Director
415 6th Street, Ste 300
Juneau, AK 99801

Office: 907-586-2227 ex. 24
Fax: 907-463-3237

cell phone: 636-628-7270

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