These +100 Catholic Pilgrimage Sites in the U.S. are Completely Out of this World

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They’re open year round, and there’s probably one very close to you. Make plans for a pilgrimage today.

 

Alabama

Alabama

Ave Maria Grotto and St. Bernard Abbey

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.

Also: EWTN Studios and Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

 

Alaska

Juneau: Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux

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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.

 

Arizona

Our Lady of the Sierras

Hereford: Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras (above)

Also:

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

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.

Also:

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

 

Colorado

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.

 

Connecticut

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.

Also:

Litchfield:  “The Lourdes in Litchfield”

New Haven:  Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague

Waterbury:  Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers

 

District of Columbia

National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (above)

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.

Also:

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

Saint John Paul II National Shrine

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

 

Florida

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Saint Augustine:  Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche (above)

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.

BONUS: Key West:  Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea

Miami:  Stella Maris Catholic Center at the Port of Miami

Orlando Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe

 

Georgia

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.

Also:

Atlanta:  Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

 

Hawaii

Saint Damien of Molokai

 

Iowa

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West Bend:  The Grotto of the Redemption (above)

 

Illinois 

Our Lady of the Snows

Belleville (near St. Louis, Mo.)  National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (above)

Also:

Chicago:  National Shrine and Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini

National Shrine of Saint Jude

Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

Darien: National Shrine of Saint Therese

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

Marytown: National Shrine of St. Maximillian Kolbe

 

Indiana

Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John, Indiana
Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John, Indiana

Saint John:  The Shrine of Christ’s Passion (above, LOOKS AMAZING!)

 

Kansas

Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne

Mound City:  Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne (above)

 

Louisiana

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New Orleans:  Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (above)

Also:

Grand Coteau:  Shrine of Saint John Berchmans

Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

 

Maine

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Kennebunkport:  Saint Anthony Franciscan Monastery (above)

 

Maryland

Baltimore Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Baltimore:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (above)

Also:

Emmitsburg: National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

Massachusetts

Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine

Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine (above)

Also:

Attleboro:  National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette

Boston:    Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine

Easton:   Father Peyton Memorial Center

Stockbridge: National Shrine of Divine Mercy

 

Michigan

The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods

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

Also:

Shrine of Venerable Solanus Casey at St. Bonaventure Monastery

L’Anse: Shrine of (Venerable) Bishop Baraga (“the snowshoe Priest”)

Royal Oak:  National Shrine of the Little Flower

 

Minnesota

Cold Spring- Assumption Chapel

Cold Spring: Assumption Chapel (above)

 

Missouri

Branson Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

Eureka:  The Black Madonna Shrine (above)

Also:

Branson:  Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

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)

 

Montana

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Butte:  Our Lady of the Rockies (above)

 

Nebraska

Cathedral of Saint Cecilia

Omaha:  Cathedral of Saint Cecilia

 

Nevada

Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer

Las Vegas: Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer (above)

Also:

Reno:  Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

 

New Hampshire

National Shrine of Our Lady of Grace

Colebrook:  National Shrine of Our Lady of Grace (above)

 

New Jersey

Blue Army National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

Washington:  Blue Army National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (above)

Newark:  National Shrine of Saint Gerard

 

 

New Mexico

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

Abiquiu:  Monastery of Christ in the Desert (above)

Also:

Albuquerque: Shrine of Saint Bernadette

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

Santa Fe:  Loretto Chapel & Cathedral of St. Francis

 

New York State

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New York City: Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero (above)

Also:

Auriesville: Shrine of the North American Martyrs

Buffalo (Lackawana):  National Shrine & Basilca of Our Lady of Victory

Fonda:  National Kateri Tekawitha Shrine

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 

 

Ohio

Carey- Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

Carey: Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation (above)

Bloomingdale:  Catholic Family Land

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

Prague:  National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague (above)

 

Oregon

National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Portland:  National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (above)

 

Pennsylvania

Miraculous Medal Shrine

Philadelphia:  Miraculous Medal Shrine (above)

Also:

Doylestown (near Philadelphia):   National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia

National Shrine of Saint John Neumann

Saint Katharine Drexel Mission and Shrine

Pittsburg:  Saint Anthony’s Chapel

Uniontown:  Mount Saint Macrina

Warminster:  Shrine of Saint Gianna

 

Rhode Island

First Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Nasonville:  First Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux (above)

 

South Carolina

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Charleston Church of St. Mary of the Annunciation (above)

 

South Dakota

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Sioux Falls:  Saint Joseph’s Cathedral (above)

 

Tennessee

New Hope Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor

New Hope:  Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor

 

Texas

Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de Valle National Shrine, San Juan, TX
Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan de Valle National Shrine, San Juan, TX

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

Also:

Central Texas & the Hill Country (the painted churches of Texas)

Dallas:  Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe   

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

San Antonio:  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

 

Vermont

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Jamaica:  Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer

 

Washington State

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Olympia:  Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

 

Wisconsin

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

Also:

La Crosse:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

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

 

BONUS:

Puerto Rico

San Juan Parangaricutiro, Puerto Rico
San Juan Parangaricutiro, Puerto Rico

San Juan:  Churches near the cruise port

 

epicPew would like to thank Catholic Travel Guide for letting us use their abundance of resources to make this post.

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