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.

 

               Alabama

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

 

              Alaska

Juneau: Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux

 

              Arizona

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

 

             California

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

 

              Colorado

Golden: Mother Cabrini Shrine

Virginia Dale: The Abbey of Saint Walburga

 

                         Connecticut

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.

 

                            Florida

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

 

              Georgia

Atlanta: Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Conyers: Monastery of the Holy Spirit

 

                          Guam

Agana:  Catholic Churches in Guam

 

                          Hawaii

Molokai: Saint Damien of Molokai

 

                         Idaho

Coeur d’Alene: Cataldo Mission State Park

 

                          Illinois

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

Marytown: National Shrine of St. Maximillian Kolbe

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

 

                         Indiana

Huntington: Saint Felix Retreat Center

Saint John: The Shrine of Christ’s Passion

                          Iowa

Dyersville: Basilica of Saint Francis Xavier

West Bend: The Grotto of the Redemption

 

                          Kansas

Mound City: Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne

 

                           Louisiana

Grand Coteau: Shrine of Saint John Berchmans

New Orleans: Catholic Shrines & Places of Interest
 

                                 Maine

Kennebunkport: Saint Anthony Franciscan Monastery

 

                               Maryland

Baltimore: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Ellicott City: Shrine of Saint Anthony

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

 

                        Massachusetts

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

 

                               Michigan

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

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

 

                            Minnesota

Cold Spring: Assumption Chapel

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

Onamia: National Shrine of Saint Odilia

 

                            Missouri

Branson: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

Eureka: The Black Madonna Shrine

Laurie: National Shrine of Mary, Mother of The Church

Saint Charles: Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne

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

Starkenburg: Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

                             Montana

Butte: Our Lady of the Rockies

Stevensville: Saint Mary’s Mission and Museum

 

                            Nebraska

Gretna: Shrine of the Holy Family

Omaha: Cathedral of Saint Cecilia

 

                              Nevada

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

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

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

 

                                     Ohio

Bloomingdale: Catholic Family Land

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

 

                                 Oklahoma

Prague: National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague

 

                                   Oregon

Portland: National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Saint Benedict: Mount Angel Abbey

 

                                   Pennsylvania

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

 

                                    Tennessee

Gatlinburg: St Mary Church at Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

New Hope: Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor

 

                                         Texas

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

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

 

                                         Vermont

Isle de la Motte: Shrine of Saint Anne

Jamaica: Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer

 

                                          Virginia

Williamsburg: National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

 

                                       Washington State

Olympia: Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

 

                                         Wisconsin

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

 

                                          Wyoming

Cody: Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton: Chapel of the Sacred Heart
 

 

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