The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield

A Ministry of the Montfort Missionaries


Located on the hill above the Grotto, Montfort House welcomes groups and parishes who seek a prayerful space for weekend retreats, or day sessions or recollections for parish staff, faculty, students and confirmation candidates.  The beauty and peace of the house and surrounding property, the home cooked meals, all help to create an ideal space for small to medium size groups. For more information call:  (860) 567-8434 or email:


The Montfort Missionaries or the Missionaries of the Company of Mary, were founded in France by St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673 – 1716). Priests and lay brothers, Montfort wrote that “They are called by God to preach missions…” Our mission in the Church consists in revealing the mystery of salvation to those who do not yet know it, and in helping those who have already heard the Good News to rediscover and deepen this mystery by a renewed consciousness of the meaning of their baptismal commitment. Montfort expressly placed his Company at the service of Mary, so that it would be more profoundly at the service of Christ. The “perfect consecration” to Jesus Christ, “eternal and incarnate Wisdom”, through Mary is the most outstanding mark of the Marian character of our inspiration. In the footsteps of the poor apostles, Montfort Missionaries strive “to bring glad tidings to the poor” and broken–hearted.

Today Montfort Missionaries work in some 40 countries around the globe, working to build up the reign of Jesus through Mary by building up new local churches in developing countries, and by re-invigorating and deepening the Christian faith through preaching, parishes, retreat houses and sanctuaries. Together with the Daughters of Wisdom and the Brothers of Saint Gabriel – and all our lay associates and co-workers – we form the Montfortian Family. The spirt and fire of our ministry lovingly flows from Montfort’s intuition: “It is through the most Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that he will reign in the world”.