In approximately the year 1362, the Vikings first set foot on this continent. The Kensington Runestone in Minnesota bears witness to their Marian devotion already at that time.
In the United States of America 4,200 churches and 46 cathedrals are dedicated to Our Lady. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the pre-eminent American Marian Shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States, he Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception.
Built under the leadership of "The Servant of God, Father Nelson Baker" (in the process of canonization), Our Lady of Victory National Shrine, in Lackawanna, New York, is an architectural marvel and now a minor basilica. Another national shrine located in Carey, Ohio, attracts countless pilgrims. The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation is enhanced by their simple prayers of thanks to the Mother of God as Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Snows, in Belleville, Illinois, is important for its missionary dynamism and offers a peaceful atmosphere on over 200 beautifully landscaped acres. Let us also mention Boston, Massachusetts, and The Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica. Since the end of the twentieth century this shrine is enlivened by charismatic Marian prayers.