Since 1900, the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace has been the only Catholic Faith
Community in Coney Island. We are committed to welcoming all of God’s people who
come to live on or visit our shores.
We are a Eucharistic community proclaiming in Word and Sacrament, the Death and Resurrection
of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
In union with Christ and relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we seek to understand
and respond to the spiritual, educational and social needs of our diverse community.
The Shrine Church of Our Lady of Solace has served the people of Coney Island for
over over a century. From the very beginning we have been an immigrant church. Our
founding parishioners were from Western Europe. They were followed by people from
the Caribbean and Central America. Our newest immigrants are from Mexico and Eastern
Founded in 1900 by Rev. Joseph Francis Brophy, Our Lady of Solace was designated
as a Shrine Church in 1905 by Pope Pius X. Our church has been a focal point for
people who have come to Coney Island to worship, to live, to recreate or just to
enjoy the beauty of the ocean and the shore. Our magnificent church building was
completed in 1925, and provides a truly glorious space for worship as well as quiet
prayer and meditation. Today, our parish is administered by the Vocationist Fathers,
founded by Blessed Justin Russolillo.
We have welcomed people to our parish since 1900 and we will continue to welcome
all who come to visit or make a home with us.