Whether guest come seeking solace and comfort…
Or they are on a pilgrimage of self-discovery, these Catholic shrines are waiting to be discovered. Located throughout the United States, these shrines offer shelter for those seeking to pray, rest and connect with God. They are also a beautiful representation of religious art and architecture through the last 400 years.
National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi: San Francisco, CA
Located in the area where Chinatown and North Beach meet, the Lady Chapel, La Porzuncola Nuova, is a scaled replica of St. Francis’ Porzuncola in Italy. Established in 1849, the shrine is known for its magnificent architecture, stained glass, and relics of Saint Francis. The ministry of the Shrine invites pilgrims, visitors, and people of all faiths to experience God’s love in its sanctuary through prayers and through silent meditation. The Shrine is open daily from 10am-5pm. Guided docent tours are available. More information is available at shirinesf.org.
National Shrine of the Divine Mercy: Stockbridge, MA
In the heart of the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts sits the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy. The Shrine is known for its stained-glass windows and intricate mosaics created by artist Fred Leuchs. The Shrine is the site for the largest celebration in the Northeast of the Feast of the Divine Mercy. The annual event is held the Sunday after Easter and televised on Eternal World Television Network. More information is available at thedivinemercy.org.
The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Emmitsburg, MD
This beautiful Shrine is located in the mountains of Western Maryland and is the Shrine to the first native-born American woman to be canonized. It honors her and the lives that she touched and influenced both during her life and after her death. The Shrine recent celebrated the 40th anniversary of Seton’s canonization with an exhibition that celebrates Seton’s life and her journey to sainthood. Information about the exhibit is available at setonshrine.org.
This is a very short list of the Shrines and sacred locations that are available to tour. Nearly every state in the United States has a location that appeals to people of faith on a pilgrimage, those who are curious about the art and architecture of these shrines, and those who are seeking a place of solace.