National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Patroness of the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana

THE NATIONAL VOTIVE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR serves God and all God’s people as the center of devotion to the Mother of Jesus under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor—Our Lady of Quick Help.  The Shrine is a place of pilgrimage, worship and prayer.  It welcomes all who try to live in faith and love, with a special commitment to those whose hope and trust in Mary lead them to seek her motherly care and consolation.
Since 1727, long before her statue arrived in 1810 and was enshrined in the Ursuline Convent Chapel in the French Quarter, devotion to Notre Dame de Prompt Secours had spread among the Ursuline Sisters, their students and the women and men of New Orleans. Prayers for deliverance from wars, fire, pestilence, disease, storms, despair and hopelessness were made to Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
In 1815, in gratitude for the miracle of America's victory over the British in the Battle of New Orleans, the Ursulines, along with Bishop Louis Du Bourg, made a promise to celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving each year on the feast day of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, January 8.
In 2015, that promise was observed for the 200 time!
In 1895, the statue, gilded in gold, was crowned by Decree of His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII; and in 1928, the Holy See approved and confirmed the naming of Our Lady of Prompt Succor as the Principal Patroness of the City of New Orleans and of the State of Louisiana.
Standing in the central niche over the main altar on State Street, she welcomes all who come to honor her, to thank her for intercession, and to pray for her help and protection, not only from global wars and devastating storms, but, also, in overcoming greater enemies…poverty, illness, ignorance, racism and violence.


Daily Mass: 

Weekdays at 5 PM

Saturdays at 11:30 AM (Perpetual Novena)

Sundays at 9:30 AM (No Vigil on Saturday)

Holy Days & Feastdays: call for special times.

Reconciliation: By request any day following the liturgy.

Open for visitors daily: 

Weekdays: 10:00 AM until fifteen minutes after Mass.

Saturdays & Sundays: 45 minutes before & after Mass.

Adoration: 1st Thursday of the month 7:30 AM - 4:45 PM

Weekly Rosary: Mondays at 4:30 PM

Facilities for the physically impaired: Access ramp & restroom. 

Shrine Address: 2701 State Street New Orleans, LA 70118

Mailing Address: 2734 Nashville Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115

Sacristy & Gift Shop: 504.866.0200 

Information, Pilgrimages & Tours: 504.975.9627 or 504.473.6750

Email: [email protected]

The National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor is situated on the 11 ½ acre campus of the oldest, continuously operating school for girls in the United States: Ursuline Academy of New Orleans. If you would like to learn more about Ursuline Academy, please click here to visit the Academy's website.