Fr. Tom Merrill OFM Conv Pastor and Rector

Our Lady of Consolation Parish had its beginnings in the 1860s when Father Edward Vattman visited Carey weekly from Saint Michael’s in Findlay.  In 1868 when the parish was formally established, it was named Saint Edward’s.  Father Joseph P. Gloden, a native of Luxemburg and Carey’s third pastor, arranged to change the name to Our Lady of Consolation in honor of the patron Saint of Luxemburg.  When Father Gloden was able to acquire a replica of the statue of Our Lady of Consolation from the cathedral in Luxemburg City in 1875, and following the miraculous procession with the statue from Frenchtown to Carey on May 24 that year, Our Lady of Consolation became a popular Marian shrine drawing pilgrims from many locations.  See www.olcshrine.com. The parish of Our Lady of Consolation continues as a parish with 1200 registered families, a variety of ministries and a Catholic school serving the village of Carey and surrounding communities in Wyandot County.  We are part of the Deanery of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Diocese of Toledo www.toledodiocese.org.  The parish has been served by the Conventual Franciscans since 1912, www.franciscansusa.org.+



The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation invites area singers to join the 2019 Assumption Choir.  This choir, along with a brass quintet, will lead the music for the Vigil Mass of the Assumption, in the Shrine Park, on Wednesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:30 p.m.  This unique experience gives singers, amateur and professional, the opportunity to sing a wide variety of music with a short-term commitment.  Rehearsals will be held from 4:00–5:30 p.m. in the Original Shrine Church (next to the Gift Shop) on Sundays: July 28, August 4, and August 11.  Please direct any questions to the Basilica’s Director of Music Ministries, Mr. Jack Gerding, at [email protected] or 419-396-7107.


2019 Novena Preacher

We have invited Fr. Steven McMichael to preach our Novena. Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv., is a member of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation and an Associate Professor in the Theology Department at the University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, Minnesota). He is currently researching and writing on the topic of the resurrection of Jesus in late medieval Franciscan theology, spirituality and preaching. He has just published a book entitled The Glory of Paradise: Risen Life in the Easter Octave Sermons of Bernardino da Siena (Tau Press, July, 2016). He continues to work on the medieval Easter sermons of Bernardino and Roberto da Lecce. His current book project is on Mary Magdalene as the principle resurrection witness to the Risen Christ in medieval Franciscan theology, spirituality, and art.

His interest in the Assumption of Mary comes from his research and writing on the sermons of Bernardino da Siena, a famous friar preacher on the fifteenth century. The papal document entitled The Most Bountiful God (Munificentissimus Deus), which established the Assumption of Mary as a dogma of faith in 1950, highlights Bernardino da Siena’s contribution to this Marian doctrine. Since Bernardino has been called “the Doctor of the Assumption”, this year’s Novena will focus on various aspects of what Bernardino taught about the Assumption of Mary.


Consider Automatic Contributions

Have you ever considered direct deposit for your Sunday offering? In this busy life we have, it is one more thing you will not have to remember. The sign up is easy, you choose the amount and the time: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc. If you would like to sign up for automatic contributions, please call the Parish Office at 419-396-1523 for a form, or there are forms on the table in the back of Church.  DIRECT DEPOSIT FORM OLC


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Toledo Diocese Notification of Compliance

Diocese of Toledo Safe Environment Program in Full Compliance with USCCB Norms. Each year, the Diocese of Toledo is required to undergo an audit to ensure that it is in compliance with the articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop Daniel Thomas is pleased to announce that, for the fiscal year 2016-2017, the Diocese was found to be in full compliance with the requirements in the Charter.

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people. If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric, or any employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, please report the abuse to your local police department, Child Protection Services, and Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator. Mr. DiLallo can be reached at (419) 214-4880 or by mail at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604.