The church and the Shrine to Our Lady of Montserrat is located at the summit of the western most ridge of the Montserrat Hills in Central Trinidad. The location obtains spectacular views of the Gulf of Paria from La Brea in the south to the Chaguaramas Peninsula in the North.
The church can be approached from either north or south via the Solomon Hochoy Highway.
From north – exit on to the Preysal flyover using the old/original exit (Ramp 1). Bear left onto the Gran Couva Main Road and follow the road for about 2 miles due east avoiding any side roads/turn offs. After about 3.2km (2 miles), turn right on to Boissiere Trace and follow up hill to the T junction where it meets the Mayo Road. At the top, turn right on to Mayo Road and follow the TDC signs which lead to the Church (refer to online map on this site).
From south – exit at the Claxton Bay flyover. Bear right driving over the Solomon Hochoy Highway on to Cedar Hill Road. Pass SERVOL on the left and follow road uphill past the Dump/landfill on the left and proceed to the T junction on the top of the hill. Turn left and follow the main road bearing right and uphill passing the RC Presbytery, the Tortuga Government School and arriving at Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church on your right. (refer to online map on this site)
Every Friday Mass is held at 6:30 am followed by an hour of Adoration.
On First Saturdays, Adoration, Marian Devotions and Confession begin at 7:30 am. Holy Mass begins at 8:30 am. A light breakfast is shared after Mass.
Sunday Mass is at 07:00 a.m. except the 2nd Sunday of the month when Mass is replaced by a Eucharistic Service starting at the same time.
In 2013 her age was estimated to be 200 years by the restoration artist working the Citizens for Conservation.
No, the church was restored between 2000 and 2004 and maintains the original architecture and footprint from when it was built in 1878. The floor of Our Lady’s Chapel has the wood from the original building.
Our Lady of Montserrat in Tortuga is the only church with that name in Trinidad and Tobago and in fact the English Speaking Caribbean.
Yes, that is what is stated in the literature and in Folklore of the village. No one has come forward to challenge our claim.
We have the RCIA Programme and the Marian Devotions.
There are several ministries to choose from namely: Choir, Altar Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Lay Ministry, Lectors, Catechists, Hospitality, Shrine Committee, Sacristans and Floral Arrangements.
In general, volunteering to assist with all other Parish activities.
No the church is not open for shrine visitation however; visits can be scheduled using the online form.
We would love to answer any questions that you may have about Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church. If you didn’t find what you were looking for on our website, please email or call the Shrine Committee at [email protected] or call 868-636-0769. The Parish Office can be reached at 868 650 0082
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