Catholic Shrines, Pilgrimage Sites & Places of Interest in the United States


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Although the United States is a fairly young country compared to many others, it abounds with sites of interest to Catholics. The history of the Catholic Church in the U.S.A. has not always been an easy one. Although many who settled here came for religious freedom, this did not always apply to Catholics. In fact, as immigrants from such countries as Ireland and Italy came in the late 19th Century, anti-Catholicism arose in certain parts of the country, stoked on by such groups as the Ku Klux Klan and some Protestant pastors. Church-burnings and intimidation took place, and many newspaper cartoons portrayed Catholics as agents of the devil.

Despite these obstacles, Catholicism grew in the country and today it accounts for roughly 25% of the population.

Almost every state has something to appeal to Catholic vacationers and pilgrims alike. If you are traveling and looking for a place to visit or attend Mass then check one of these out. In addition many of the shrines offer pilgrimages and retreats. We are continually adding new destinations to this page and welcome your suggestions.



Cullman: Ave Maria Grotto and St. Bernard Abbey
Irondale and Hanceville: EWTN Studios and Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament



Juneau: Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux



Grand Canyon Park: El Cristo Rey Chapel

Hereford: Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras

Mesa: Saint Peregrine Cancer Shrine

Scottsdale: Franciscan Renewal Center “Casa de Paz y Bien”

Sedona: Chapel of the Holy Cross

Tucson: Mission San Xavier del Bac



Carmel: San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission Basilica

Fresno: Shrine of Saint Terese

La Jolla: Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine in Mary Star of the Sea Church

San Diego: Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala

San Francisco: Many Shrines and Places of Interest

Santa Clara: Shrine of Our Lady of Peace

Santa Cruz: Shrine of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer

Statewide: The Spanish Missions



Golden: Mother Cabrini Shrine

San Luis:  Stations of the Cross Shrine

Virginia Dale: The Abbey of Saint Walburga



Litchfield: The Lourdes in Litchfield

New Haven: The Knights of Columbus Museum

New Haven: Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Waterbury: Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers


District of Columbia

Washington: Click here for the many shrines & places of interest in Washington, D.C.



Fort Lauderdale:  Churches near the cruise port of Fort Lauderdale

Key West: Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea

Miami: Click here for many Shrines & Places of Interest in Miami

Orlando:  Click here for many Shrines & Places of Interest in Orlando

Saint Augustine: Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

Tampa:  Our Lady Help of Christians Center



Atlanta: Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Conyers: Monastery of the Holy Spirit



Agana:  Catholic Churches in Guam



Molokai: Saint Damien of Molokai



Coeur d’Alene: Cataldo Mission State Park



Belleville: National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Chicago: Click here for the many shrines & places of interest in Chicago

Darien: National Shrine of Saint Therese

Des Plaines (Chicago area): Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

El Paso:  Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Spiritual Centre

Marytown: National Shrine of St. Maximillian Kolbe

Morton Grove: Shrine of All Saints (over 1500 relics)

Peoria:  Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum



Huntington: Saint Felix Retreat Center

Saint John: The Shrine of Christ’s Passion


Dyersville: Basilica of Saint Francis Xavier

West Bend: The Grotto of the Redemption



Mound City: Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne



Grand Coteau: Shrine of Saint John Berchmans

New Orleans: Catholic Shrines & Places of Interest

Kennebunkport: Saint Anthony Franciscan Monastery



Baltimore: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception; St Jude Shrine

Ellicott City: Shrine of Saint Anthony

Emmitsburg: National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes; National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton



Attleboro: National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette

Boston: Several shrines & places of interest

Chicopee: Saint Stanislaus Basilica

Cape Cod Area: Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard

Easton: Father Peyton Memorial 

Stockbridge: National Shrine of Divine Mercy



Detroit: Shrine of Blessed Solanus Casey, Old Saint Mary’s Church

Grand Rapids:  Basilica of Saint Adalbert

L’Anse: Shrine of (Venerable) Bishop Baraga (“The Snowshoe Priest”)

Indian River: The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods

Royal Oak: National Basilica Shrine of the Little Flower

Washington: Capuchin Retreat Center



Cold Spring: Assumption Chapel

Minneapolis-Saint Paul:  Cathedral & National Shrine of Saint Paul

Onamia: National Shrine of Saint Odilia



Branson: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

Eureka: The Black Madonna Shrine

Laurie: National Shrine of Mary, Mother of The Church

Perryville:  National Shrine of the Miraculous Medal

Saint Charles: Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne

Saint Louis: Shrine of St. Joseph (site of two miracles)

Starkenburg: Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows



Butte: Our Lady of the Rockies

Stevensville: Saint Mary’s Mission and Museum



Gretna: Shrine of the Holy Family

Omaha: Cathedral of Saint Cecilia



Las Vegas: Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer

Reno: Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral


New Hampshire

Colebrook: National Shrine of Our Lady of Grace


New Jersey

Landisville:  Shrine of Saint Padre Pio

Newark: National Shrine of Saint Gerard

Summit: Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary

Washington: Blue Army National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima


New Mexico

Abiquiu: Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Albuquerque: Shrine of Saint Bernadette

Chimayo: El Santuario de Chimayo & Shrine of Santo Nino de Achoa

Mescalero: Saint Joseph’s Apache Mission

Santa Fe: Sites include: Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
San Miguel Chapel, The Loretto Chapel


New York State

Auriesville: Shrine of the North American Martyrs

Buffalo: National Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady of Victory

Edmeston: Rosa Mystica House of Prayer & Retreat Center

Fonda: National Kateri Tekawitha Shrine

Lewiston: Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

Manorville (Long Island):  Shrine of Our Lady of the Island

New York City: Many sites, including: Basilica of Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral; Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero; Mother Cabrini Shrine; Saint Malachy’s “The Actor’s Chapel”; Basilica of Regina Pacis; The Cloisters

Stony Point: Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians

Syracuse: Shrine of Saint of Marianne Cope


            North Carolina

Raleigh:  Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral



Bloomingdale: Catholic Family Land

Canton: Rhoda Wise House and Grotto

Carey: Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

Cincinnati (Mt. Airy): Saint Anthony Shrine & Friary

Maria Stein: Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics & Spiritual Center of Maria Stein

Massillon: National Shrine of Saint Dymphna

North Jackson: National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon




Hulbert:  Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey

Oklahoma City:  Tomb of Blessed Stanley Rother

Prague: National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague



Portland: National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Saint Benedict: Mount Angel Abbey



Doylestown: National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Philadelphia: Many places of interest, including: Central Association of the Miraculous Medal, National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, Saint Katharine Drexel Mission and Shrine

Pittsburgh: Saint Anthony’s Chapel

Uniontown: Mount Saint Macrina

Warminster: Shrine of Saint Gianna


Puerto Rico

San Juan: Major Catholic Churches in San Juan


Rhode Island

Nasonville: First Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Portsmouth: Portsmouth Abbey Monastery and School


South Carolina

Charleston: Church of St. Mary of the Annunciation & cruise port


South Dakota

Sioux Falls: Saint Joseph’s Cathedral

Yankton: The House of Mary Shrine



Gatlinburg: St Mary Church at Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

New Hope: Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor



Corpus Christi:  Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center

Cristoval: Mount Carmel Hermitage

Dallas: Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Dickinson: Shrine of the True Cross (coming soon)

Galveston: Popular cruise port and historical sites

Grand Prairie (Dallas area):  Nazareth Retreat Center

Hill Country: Painted Churches of Texas

New Braunfels: Mission of Divine Mercy

Panna Maria: First Polish Catholic Church in the U.S.

Rockport: Schoenstatt Center Lamar

San Antonio: Many sites of Interest including the Spanish Missions (including the Alamo); Oblate Grotto; Basilica of the Little Flower; San Fernando Cathedral

San Juan: Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de Valle National Shrine


U. S. Virgin Islands

Saint Thomas: Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul



Isle de la Motte: Shrine of Saint Anne

Jamaica: Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer



Williamsburg: National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham


Washington State

Olympia: Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help



Hubertus: Basilica Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill

La Crosse: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

Milwaukee: Basilica of Saint Josaphat; Saint Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University

Champion (Green Bay Area): Newly approved apparition of “Our Lady of Good Help”.

Peshtigo: Miraculous saving of a Tabernacle and Host



Cody: Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton: Chapel of the Sacred Heart