Ellicott City, Maryland: The Shrine of Saint Anthony
History of the Shrine of Saint Anthony:
A manor was built here on the grounds of an estate that was owned by descendants of Charles Carroll III, who was a Catholic and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. With a fair amount of prejudice against Catholics, his presence did much to alleviate some of that, and he was highly praised by George Washington himself.
In 1928, the manor house and the 236 acres of the estate were sold to the Franciscan friars.
About the Shrine of Saint Anthony today:
The Shrine was dedicated as a Shrine of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2005.
The Shrine Chapel, as well as the grounds, are open to all on a daily basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In the chapel you will find a major relic of Saint Anthony of Padua. The relic, and the unique reliquary that holds it, were gifts from the Friars of the Province of St. Anthony in Padua, Italy to the Friars of the Province of St. Anthony in America (the Provincial House, or headquarters, is on the same grounds as the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City). As the property was developing as a shrine, the decision to place the relic in the chapel seemed appropriate, and this took place in a special ceremony in the fall of 2000. It is available for prayer and reflection.
You may participate in a full range of spiritual activities including daily Mass and Confession. See their website for the full schedule.
There is a gift shop with a wide selection of bibles, rosaries, statues and much more. The gift shop is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday.
Traveling to the Shrine of Saint Anthony in Ellicott City:
Ellicott City is some 12 miles west of Baltimore, and about 30 miles north of Washington, D.C.
Address: 12290 Folly Quarter Rd., Ellicott City, MD 21042
GPS coordinates: 39° 15′ 26.1756” N, 76° 56′ 16.0692” W
Tel: +1 (410) 531-2800 Fax: +1 (410) 531-2801
email: [email protected]
Click here for the official website of the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City.