There are a number of shrines and memorials within the Archdiocese of St. Louis dedicated to the children who died as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, accident, or illness. A list of these locations are provided below, broken down by deanery. Click on a deanery name to jump to shrines and memorials in that area.
North City Deanery
Garden of Innocents at Calvary Cemetery
5239 West Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63115
The Garden of Innocent's burial guardian is located in Section 1 of Lot 900 of Calvary Cemetery. It provides unclaimed children and infants a dignified and loving memorial and burial which the Medical Examiner's Office is unable to provide. Each child is given a name, a small teddy bear, and burial layette. The name, birth date, and death date of each child resting in the Garden is inscribed onto the permanent stone memorial.
Northeast County Deanery
Old St. Ferdinand Shrine
1 Rue St Francois, Florissant, MO 63031
An outdoor memorial sits across from the church building. Dedicated by then-Archbishop Justin Rigali in October 1996, the memorial features a prayer for the unborn by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen and is in memory of victims of abortion.
Northwest County Deanery
13416 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
This outdoor Mary statue and marker is located at Incarnate Word parish in Chesterfield and reminds passers-by to pray for the unborn.
12136 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141
This Knights of Columbus monument commemorating the unborn is located in front of the church building.
South City Deanery
5130 Wilson Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
A Respect Life Memorial Garden honors all infants who have died too soon. The garden is located at the north rectory entrance and features statues of Mary with children.
St. Mary Magdalen - St. Louis
4924 Bancroft Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109
This Infant Memorial is housed inside the church for babies lost to abortion, miscarriage, or still birth, as well as younger and older children who have passed away due to accident, illness, or injury. Names may be engraved on the memorial by contacting the parish office. The memorial was dedicated in September 2014 by Bishop Edward M. Rice. Click here to read St. Louis Review's coverage of the dedication Mass.
Southeast County Deanery
Rachel's Garden at Resurrection Cemetery
6901 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
This garden is designed for reflection, particularly for anyone experiencing sadness and sorrow from abortion. Rachel's Garden can be located on this map at the black circle 12.
It is named after Rachel who mourns her children, refusing to be consoled because her children are no more in Jeremiah 31:15-17. In response, the Lord says: "Cease your cries of mourning, wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward...There is hope for your future." Rachel's Garden is part of the Project Rachel and Project Joseph ministry to assist people who have been affected by an abortion experience.
Infant Memorial at Resurrection Cemetery
6901 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123
A special marker and statue of the Holy Family are located in an infant burial plot at Resurrection Cemetery. The marker is located in section 16 of the cemetery. The marker is inscribed with a passage from the Gospel of Luke: "Let the children come to me" (Luke 18:15-17) and includes an image of St. Anthony holding a child.
Holy Infant - Ballwin
627 Dennison Dr., Ballwin, MO 63021
A series of bronze pro-life statues are displayed on the parish grounds. The four sculptures of children demonstrate the theme "I Am the Pro-Life Generation." They acknowledge the sin and sorrow of abortion but focus on the joy of human growth and development. Commissioned by the Knights of Columbus, Council #10794, the sculptures were created by Cynthia Hitschler and installed in 2015.
Southwest County Deanery
St. Clement of Rome
1510 Bopp Rd, St. Louis, MO 63131
A Sanctity of Life Shrine is present on the grounds of St. Clement of Rome. A winding path leads from the Shrine to the Eucharist Adoration Chapel.
St. Mary Magdalen - Brentwood
2618 Brentwood Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63144
This shrine, dedicated to the unborn, particularly those who died before birth, was unveiled on Mother's Day in 2015. It is located on the west side of the vestibule and features a statute of the pregnant Mary. To read the St. Louis Review's coverage of the unveiling, click here.
Ste. Genevieve Deanery
New Calvary Cemetery
3281 Hwy H, Farmington, MO 63640
This memorial is located in the rear of New Calvary Cemetery in Section A, Block 8. The space was created by St. Joseph's Parish in Farmington and Knights of Columbus Council #12332 and dedicated in May 2013.
Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church
20 N. Fourth St., Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670
This outdoor memorial is located on the grounds of Ste. Genevieve. It was built in loving memory of Charles "Bud" Tlapek and bears the inscription of Matthew 2:18-19.