This large rock upon which rests the beautiful statue of Jesus and Mary was carried to its present location by the Wisconsin Glacier approximately 20,000 years ago. the leading edge of this glacier was 1,000 feet thick and to the north in Connecticut the glacier was a mile in thickness.
Before this mass of ice appeared, Long Island was a long spit of sand deposited by a fresh water river running down from the eroding Catskill mountains, which millions of years age were extremely high.
When the glacier arrived, the Atlantic Ocean was some 75 miles further to the south; due to the fact that much of the Earth's water was locked up in the ice flow.
Approximately 15,000 years ago the climate changed and the glacier began to melt and retreat northward leaving this Rock, the surrounding hills, Shelter Rock, Bald Hill, Jayne's Hill and the Terminal Ronkonkoma Moraine as deposits left behind.
The Shrine Rock, that you see before you, stands 15 feet high, 30 feet across and weighs between 300 and 400 tons.
The statue of Jesus and Mary was carved in Barre, Vermont by two Italian sculptors out of one 40 ton block of granite. It is 17 1/2 feet high and was placed upon the Rock by a crane in 1975.
Our Lady's crown is 32 1/2 feet above the surface surrounding the Rock.
Due to the high elevation upon which the Rock and statue stand it is possible to see over 20 miles in a southerly direction. the view includes Moriches Bay, Dune Road and the Atlantic Ocean.
The outdoor Mass at the Shrine begins at 11:30AM every Sunday from the end of April through the middle of October, weather permitting.
Please come and join us for a beautiful and rewarding day at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island.