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Worldwide Shrines of Saints and Intercessors

One misconception, especially among non-Catholics, is that we pray to saints….we do notWe pray only to God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ.  However, we do ask the Saints in heaven to pray and intercede for us, just as we would ask a friend to pray for us.

“When the saints entered into the joy of their Master, they were ‘put in charge of many things.’ Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan. We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.” (CCC 2683)

What better intercessors could we have than the Saints in heaven? We can ask them to pray for us and our needs relating to health, occupations, relationships, or anything that is important to us.   If you have the opportunity to visit the shrine of a particular Saint it can be a very meaningful experience.  You may even find one nearby!

Below are a few shrines dedicated to Saints whose intercession can be invoked for specific needs:


Air Travelers ( Saint Joseph of Cupertino)

Osimo, Italy:  Basilica of Saint Joseph of Cupertino


Boys, children’s choirs, falsely accused people and juvenile delinquents (Saint Dominic Savio)

Turin, Italy: Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice (Our Lady Help of Christians)


Cancer (Saint Peregrine)

Chicago, Illinois: Assumption Catholic Church & Saint Peregrine Shrine

Indian River, Michigan:  St Peregrine Shrine at the Shrine of the Cross in the Woods

Mesa, Arizona  Saint Peregrine Shrine


Depression (Saint Dymphna)

Geel, Belgium:  Shrine of Saint Dymphna

Massillon, Ohio:  National Shrine of Saint Dymphna


Family problems (Saint Rita of Cascia)

Cascia, Italy:  Basilica of Saint Rita of Cascia

Philadephia, Pennsylvania:  National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia


For children who have left the Church (Saint Monica)

Rome, Italy:   Basilica of Saint Augustine


For those with eye problems (Saint Lucy)

Siracusa, Italy:  Basilica of Sainta Lucia


Illnesses and ailments that befall children, infants, and the unborn child  (St. Philomena)

Mugnano del Cardinale, Italy:  Shrine of Saint Philomena


Impossible situations (Saint Jude)

Chicago, Illinois:  The National Shrine of Saint Jude


Money Matters (Saint Anthony of Padua)

Padua, Italy:  Basilica of Saint Anthony


Mothers, physicians, and unborn children (Saint Gianna Beretta Molla)

Mesero, Italy:  Basilica of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:  Saint Gianna Shrine


Soldiers (Saint Joan of Arc)

Rouen, France:  Shrine of Saint Joan of Arc


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