Subukia is situated in the diocese of Nakuru, 210 km West of Nairobi, within the Great Rift Valley and right at the Equator.
Subukia as the National Marian Shrine in Kenya was proposed by Servant of God, the late Michael Cardinal Otunga who also asked that the Shrine be called, “Village of Mary, Mother of God”.

Since its establishment 1984 it has helped Christians to rediscover the importance of Our Lady’s presence in their lives and made the place popular with the pilgrims who come to praise God, asking Mary to intercede for them.

In 1988 the “Village of Mary, Mother of God” was officially proclaimed as National Marian Shrine.

On the night of 19th April 1988, a shocking incident took place, the shelters for the statue of Our Lady and the altar were burnt down. The statue was completely smashed, and the damaged head later found in the bush. One of the groups that admitted responsibility for this vandalization stated that they were sent to destroy the statue. The administrator of the shrine by then, Fr. John Jones then replaced the vandalized statue with a new one, carved out of jacaranda wood from Papal Nuncio’s residence in Nairobi and after approval of the bishops was brought to Subukia and blessed on 9th December 2000.


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