Franciscan Sisters Visit the Developing Shrine Site of Our Lady of the Delta


“Locus Benedictus” (a place of blessing) is a retreat center on the west side of Greenwood, MS which is situated on 67 acres of land in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The broad mission of Locus Benedictus and its ministries is based on the directives of Jesus Christ in preaching the Gospel through prayer, contemplation, and action.” Mission Statement

Locus Benedictus was approved as a retreat center by Bishop Joseph Kopacz, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, MS on December 18, 2014.

On Wednesday September 7, 2016 the Shrine to Mary, Mother of the Delta is to be dedicated and blessed. Most Reverend Joseph Kopacz, will preside over the dedication and blessing.

After a walking tour of the shrine area and of the retreat center, a brief explanation was given of the long term plans for Locus Benedictus which will include a gated community area, retired priests’ village, a large hall, and  administration buildings. A small chapel , Mercy Chapel, already exists on the property as does residence for four Redemptorist priests who serve the Hispanic community in the Delta. All of Locus Benedictus is under the care of a Board of Directors.

The next posting will include pictures of the completed shrine of Our Lady of the Delta.