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The Rebirth of Marylake

Our Bold New Vision

Marylake Shrine of Our Lady of Grace represents over 50 Years of Marian Devotion, as well as a Heritage of Sanctity, Scholarship and Spiritual Devotion.

Located in King City, just 15 minutes north of Toronto - Marylake is the chief foundation of the Order of St. Augustine in Canada.

Our goal is to develop Marylake into a world-class destination for Marian devotion. Click on the image for a larger view.

Our campus includes a magnificent shrine and monastery, a Retreat Centre and 800 acres of picturesque grounds for meditation, prayer and enjoyment.

Our Bold New Vision was launched in September 2014, when we broke ground on The Rosary Path at Marylake

Our plan is to provide a space of reverent and enriching meditation upon the prayers of the Rosary, and a rewarding spiritual experience each time you visit.

The Great Crucifix that leads to the Rosary Path - a great work of art and significance. Created by renowned Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmaltz. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo: Chris Lim

Set upon 15 acres of breath-taking natural beauty, we are building a 1.5 km serpentine path with an 18-foot Great Crucifix at the beginning and 59 Our Father and Hail Mary beads.

The beginning of the Rosary Path at Marylake and the Chapel of Grace. Click on the image for a larger view. photo: Chris Lim

We are deploying our Retreat Centre on weekdays as a place of contemplation and devotion not only for adults, pilgrims and groups, but also for high school kids and elementary classes.

The Retreat Centre. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo: Chris Lim

Our goal to create a World-class Destination for Marian Devotion includes many other exciting initiatives

Future plans include adding the 14 stations of the Way of the Cross including the Tomb of the Resurrection, as well as a Marian fountain, Statues of the Mysteries, gazebos, benches, lights, trees and so on as well as signs reminding people of the worldly wisdom of St. Augustine.

Stations of the Cross at Marylake. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo: Barry Wallace

We are currently using our Shrine as a Catholic Education and Entertainment Centre for speakers, concerts and conferences.

Marylake Education and Entertainment Centre. Click on the audio file below to listen to a choir rehearsal.

Marylake Education and Entertainment Centre. Click on the audio file below to listen to a choir rehearsal.

We hope to return to our farming roots and plan to start a Marylake Fair to promote local produce, artisanal goods and good stewardship of our land.

The Marylake Barn Project

Other potential plans include refurbishing our giant barn to create a facility to serve our faith and community.

Sir Henry Pellatt's barn - waiting to be brought back to life. Click on the image for a larger view. Photo: Barry Wallace

The Marylake Bell - let it ring!

We plan to restore our massive bell so that its music can once again toll throughout the King Township, celebrating the glory of God!

The 2500 lb. bell at the top of the shrine will be restored to its original timbre and splendour. Click on the audio file below to hear the bell ring.

The 2500 lb. bell at the top of the shrine will be restored to its original timbre and splendour. Click on the audio file below to hear the bell ring.

Our Vision down the road...

  • Marylake Reception Centre
  • Hermitage Retreats
  • The Marylake Barn Project
  • Marylake Hallelujah Choir Competition
  • Camp Marylake
  • Marylake Christian Music Festival
  • Marylake Under The Stars
  • Marylake Environmental and Agriculture Centre
  • Teaching the Wisdom of St. Augustine

The fact is this is a glorious time in Marylake’s history where we are reinventing ourselves. There’s a radiant window of opportunity opening up. Anything is possible for the greater glory of God and in praise of Mother Mary.