They’re open year round, and there’s probably one very close to you. Make plans for a pilgrimage today.
In the South Eastern United States you will find one of the country’s most magnificent works. Often called “Jerusalem in Miniature” this 4-acre park is designed to provide a beautiful and peaceful setting for 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous shrines and holy sites throughout the world.
Located in what can only be described as a magnificent setting, this shrine dedicated to Saint Therese of Lisieux offers retreat opportunities for individuals, families and large groups. There are several types of cabins for rent for those wishing to make a retreat.
Hereford: Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras (above)
Scottsdale: Franciscan Renewal Center “Casa de Paz y Bien”
Sedona: Chapel of the Holy Cross
Tucson: Mission San Xavier del Bac
San Diego: Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala (above)
The Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala is the first of the Spanish missions to be built in California. The mission was established in July 1769 by Father Juniper Serra. In 1775 attacked and burned to the ground by Indians who also killed Father Jayme, a resident of the mission, making him the first Christian martyr of California.
San Francisco: National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi
Santa Clara: Shrine of Our Lady of Peace
Santa Cruz: Shrine of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer
Golden: Mother Cabrini Shrine (above)
In 1909 -1910, Mother Cabrini negotiated the purchase of some land in Golden to be used as a summer camp for her charges at the Queen of Heaven Orphanage in Denver, Colorado. A farming operation, with poultry, other livestock and dairy cows, was established and maintained by three of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart who set up living quarters in the loft of the larger barn.
New Haven: The Knights of Columbus Museum (above)
In Hartford, Connecticut you have the opportunity to view some of the historical achievements of this group of Catholic laymen since their founding in 1881 by Father Michael McGivney here in Hartford and through to the present day.
Litchfield: “The Lourdes in Litchfield”
New Haven: Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague
Waterbury: Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers
District of Columbia
Here in the capital of the U.S. you will find the largest Catholic church in the United States, and one of the 10 largest Catholic Churches in the world. Close to one million pilgrims from around the country and the world visit the Basilica each year.
On the grounds of the Mission of Nombre de Dios is the first shrine in the United States dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Devotion to Our Lady of La Leche (Our Lady of the Milk) goes back to a 4th Century Grotto in Jerusalem.
Monastery of the Holy Spirit (above)
One of the country’s most beautiful monasteries, and the only one in the state of Georgia, is located on the outskirts of Atlanta. Run by the Trappist Monks of the Cistercian Order who live according to the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Darien: National Shrine of Saint Therese
Des Plaines (Chicago area) Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Marytown: National Shrine of St. Maximillian Kolbe
Saint John: The Shrine of Christ’s Passion (above, LOOKS AMAZING!)
New Orleans: Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (above)
Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Baltimore: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (above)
Emmitsburg: National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
Attleboro: National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette
Easton: Father Peyton Memorial Center
Stockbridge: National Shrine of Divine Mercy
Indian River: The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods
Cold Spring: Assumption Chapel (above)
Eureka: The Black Madonna Shrine (above)
Butte: Our Lady of the Rockies (above)
Albuquerque: Shrine of Saint Bernadette
Santa Fe: Loretto Chapel & Cathedral of St. Francis
New York State
New York City: Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero (above)
Auriesville: Shrine of the North American Martyrs
Buffalo (Lackawana): National Shrine & Basilca of Our Lady of Victory
Lewiston (near Buffalo): Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
Saint Malachy’s “The Actor’s Chapel”; Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
Stony Point: Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians
Syracuse: Shrine of Blessed Marianne Cope
Bloomingdale: Catholic Family Land
Cincinnati (Mt. Airy): Saint Anthony Shrine & Friary
Massillon: National Shrine of Saint Dymphna
North Jackson: National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
Portland: National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (above)
Philadelphia: Miraculous Medal Shrine (above)
Doylestown (near Philadelphia): National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Pittsburg: Saint Anthony’s Chapel
Uniontown: Mount Saint Macrina
Warminster: Shrine of Saint Gianna
Nasonville: First Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux (above)
Jamaica: Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer
La Crosse: Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine
Champion (Green Bay Area): Newly approved apparition of “Our Lady of Good Help”.
epicPew would like to thank Catholic Travel Guide for letting us use their abundance of resources to make this post.