Itinerary: Catholic Shrines

Take a Tour of Philadelphia’s Catholic Shrines

With one of the largest concentrations of Catholic shrines anywhere in the country, the Greater Philadelphia region is not just a place of historical significance, but also of religious and spiritual importance.

The shrines feature religious artifacts, artwork and historic information about the beloved saints, special Masses, as well as retreats and celebrations.  Plan a trip to one or all of them, or find additional points of interest by looking through our Religious History itinerary.

  • The National Shrine of Saint John Neumann is dedicated to America’s first male saint, builder of 90 churches, 40 schools and organizer of the first diocesan schedule.  The shrine features the glass crypt, which honorably contains the body of Saint Neumann, and the Saint John Neumann Museum.  Masses and confessions are held several times daily.
  • The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia honors Saint Rita’s life of charity and devotion and contains magnificent 80-foot-high painted ceilings and brilliant stained glass windows depicting the lives of Saint Rita and Saint Augustin.  Saint Rita was born in Italy in 1386, and was famous for her willingness to suffer with the wound of a thorn on her forehead that never healed.
  • The Central Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is where visitors can remember Saint Catherine Laboure and her apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mother, while viewing the beautiful Statue of the Madonna of the Medal and the ceiling painting of Mary.
  • The Saint Katharine Drexel National Shrine honors Katharine Drexel who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.  Born to a prominent and wealthy Philadelphia family, Katharine Drexel donated her entire fortune and dedicated her life in service to the Native American and African American poor throughout the United States.   She was canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000.  The shrine features the Motherhouse Chapel built in the Old Spanish Mission style and the 1891 Motherhouse Mission Bell.
  • The National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (www.polishshrine.com) serves to remember the miracles, good luck and healing that Our Lady of Czestochowa brought, with its dazzling 50-foot stained glass windows depicting the history of Christianity in Poland and the United States.
  • The National Centre for Padre Pio (www.padrepio.org) pays tribute to Padre Pio, who was born in Southern Italy in 1887, and his gift of stigmata, prayer, languages, healing the sick, prophecy and his life of service to the poor and infirm.

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