Take a Pilgrimage

IMG_1991

Pilgrimages have a very rich history in the church all the way to the very beginnings of Christianity.After the death and resurrection of Jesus pilgrims desired to follow in the Saviour’s footsteps as well as Mary and the apostles.Even in the early centuries, when millions of Christians were martyred for their Faith, the faithful flocked to the tombs of favorite saints to venerate their remains, sometimes at the risk of being martyred themselves.Their motives were simple that by honoring the saints they were also honoring God.Some pilgrimages were done in penance for sin; some were done in petition for a special blessing or favor; and some were undertaken simply out of devotion.

One of the earliest usages of the word pilgrim is found in the writings of Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430). His work, Peregrinatio, described a Christian spiritual journey as a kind of self-imposed exile of the pilgrim in which he searched for God’s Truth in his wanderings while visiting the holy shrines of the Faith.

Pilgrimages “Take Off”

During the Middle Ages, Christian pilgrimages became a very common thing, especially for those who could afford to leave their daily lives behind for a period of time. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, studied by every high school student of English literature, tells the story of pilgrims on their way to venerate the relics of Saint Thomas a Becket, who was murdered in the act of singing Holy Mass by agents of the English king in 1170. Following the dissolution of the monasteries and the taking over of the Catholic churches and shrines after the Anglican defection in 1535, the practice of pilgrimage was considered “too Catholic” and disappeared from England.

As one would expect, the greatest of all pilgrimages a Christian could take part in was to the Holy Land itself. Undertaking a pilgrimage so far away from Christian areas of Europe was a daunting task indeed. First of all, it took several years out of a person’s life. In addition, it cost a great deal of money, and entailed considerable danger. The roads were full of brigands ready to rob and kill easy prey; not only that, there were inhospitable deserts to cross. Many pilgrims were injured or killed making the journey. Still, when that mission was accomplished and the pilgrim was safely home, he knew that he had received many graces.

Occasionally, going on a pilgrimage was given as penance for grave sin. It was definitely a dire hardship because the sinner was bound in conscience to walk barefoot and in tatters, never spending more than one night in a particular place, and he had to beg for his food along the way. This certainly was not your luxurious modern-day flight to Rome or Jerusalem with a stay in air-conditioned hotels and scrumptious local food! It was a tremendous sacrifice and, to our modern sensibilities, seems almost too cruel a punishment.

Written evidence of early pilgrimages to the land of the beginnings of Christianity is found as early as 333 with the Bordeaux Pilgrimage, the first to have left detailed accounts of the route, the peoples who lived along that route, and the sites mentioned in the Gospels. Saint Jerome and Saint John Chrysostom wrote favorably of the faithful making pilgrimage to the holy sites of both the Middle East and of Rome where Saint Peter and Saint Paul were martyred.

Given the weaknesses and foibles of human nature, there arose abuses in the “pilgrimage business.” Unscrupulous planners of group journeys often cheated their clients; many of them pushed the idea of completing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as a necessity to save one’s soul. Later, during the Renaissance, Erasmus sarcastically pointed out that some pilgrims neglected their duties at home to complete a long trek to the Holy Land. Undoubtedly, such a practice was more detrimental to one’s salvation than staying home and attending to his obligations.

Some have referred to the Crusades as the epitome of all pilgrimages, although their purpose was certainly more than simply the veneration of the holy places. It is a fact, though, that when the Seljuk Turks overran the Holy Land, they closed the Christian places to veneration by pilgrims, thus precipitating the call to arms to re-conquer the land where the feet of Our Lord trod and open it once again for Christian pilgrimage.

After the Middle East became Muslim and the Mediterranean a virtual Islamic Sea, Christians directed their footsteps closer to home. As Belloc insisted, Europe was Christendom, after all. Millions of martyrs had shed their blood there for the Faith during the Roman persecutions before the emperor Constantine granted freedom of worship to Christians in the early fourth century. Churches and shrines, many magnificent and richly adorned, most, however, plain and simple, were afterwards constructed all over Catholic Europe. Some of those churches became burial places for saints and they also became famous for miraculous cures. It was only natural that the devout Catholic wishing to go on pilgrimage would seek out such holy places. We have already mentioned two sites in England that attracted pilgrims: the tomb of Saint Thomas a Becket at Canterbury and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.

There are literally hundreds of sites available to those wishing to venerate the relics of a particular saint, visit the streets where the Apostles and early popes walked, were martyred, and are buried. The entire city of Rome is worthy of the pilgrim’s attention with its hundreds of ancient churches, wherein countless relics of great saints are enshrined. Saint Peter’s Basilica and Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls are home to the relics of the two great Apostles who were martyred on the same day in the year 67.

Camino de Santiago

One of the oldest and most popular pilgrimage sites over the centuries has been the Camino de Santiago (Highway of Saint James) in northern Spain and southern France. The great cathedral of Compostela in Galicia — the northwestern-most province of Spain — contains the relics of Saint James the Greater who traveled there after Pentecost to evangelize the pagans of that land. Earliest records of pilgrims coming to the tomb of the Apostle from the Spanish side of the Pyrenees date from the eighth century, with records from the tenth century of other pilgrims crossing those daunting mountains from France. It became the habit of pilgrims walking the route and finally arriving at their destination months later to take home with them the scallop shell, taken from the waters off the coast of Finisterre (the end of the world) as proof that they had in fact completed the journey. By the twelfth century, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage had become so popular that hostelries were built within a day’s walk of each other, towns sprang up around these stops on the road, and enormous Romanesque style churches were built to accommodate the huge crowds of worshipers who passed by on their way to Compostela. During the times when pilgrimages were assigned as penance for grave sin, the site of the tomb of Santiago was one of the four major pilgrimage destinations. (The other three sites were the churches of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Rome, the shrine of Saint Thomas a Becket in Canterbury, and the cathedral of Cologne, Germany, wherein are enshrined the relics of the Three Kings.)

Today the Camino is as popular as ever. Sadly, though, there are more “pilgrims” making the walk for the sake of simply “making the walk” (sort of like hiking the Appalachian Trail). One can do it the original way — on foot — or by automobile, bus, or train. Today there is actually a luxurious train excursion to Compostela costing about six thousand dollars — nice for the modern traveler who can afford such a treat, but not something our medieval forebears would recognize as a pilgrimage.

Pilgrimage to South America

Europe has not been the only place of pilgrimage activity in the West. Catholicism was established in South America from the early days of the Spanish colonial period. Unlike the English who colonized the northeast of what is now the United States, when the Spanish established their colonies in the Americas — including much of North America — their purpose from the beginning was to convert the natives to the Catholic religion so that their souls could attain heaven. While there were certainly abuses perpetrated by the colonizers, for the most part, every expedition of Spanish explorers included missionary priests and brothers who would establish churches and schools for the education and civilization of the Indians.

As a consequence, long before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, many beautiful churches and shrines were built in America. One of these shrines is that of Our Lady of Good Success in Quito, Ecuador. Five Conceptionist sisters traveled from Spain to Quito in the early years of the seventeenth century to establish a convent there to assist in the conversion of souls. Their superior was Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. In 1610, Mother Mariana was praying to Our Lady in the convent chapel, when the Queen of Heaven appeared to her, calling herself the Lady of Good Success. Commending the sister for her love and charity, Our Lady commanded that a statue of her be sculpted under that title. She even allowed Mother Mariana to measure her height. Of course, Mother Mariana had to take this petition to the local bishop, who readily agreed to the undertaking. The work of sculpting the statue was commissioned to Francisco del Castillo. One day, when Francisco was away from his work and seeking proper paints in order to complete the faces of Our Lady and the Divine Infant she held in her arms, some of the Conceptionist sisters happened to visit the chapel. To their astonishment they found that both figures had been miraculously completed. Naturally, word spread, and devotion to the miraculous statue grew immediately and spread far beyond the city of Quito.

Our Lady sent Mother Mariana many crosses, including five years of suffering the pains of hell for the salvation of one of her sisters. She also allowed the holy nun to hear dire predictions of the state of the world to come in the twentieth century, and she asked the sisters to pray that she would be able to stay her Son’s hand in punishment for those terrible sins that would be committed in those days. Imagine that: Mother Mariana and her sisters lived a life of prayer and penance to atone for the sins which would be committed three hundred years in the future! The incorrupt bodies of Mother Mariana and several of her nuns are today buried in the church crypt.

North America

Even in North America there are many pilgrimage sites. The best known, and by far the most visited, is Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Going north of our own country, there is the Oratory of Saint Joseph in Montreal where St.Andre Bassette lived, worked and is buried. Outside of Quebec City, there is the magnificent basilica of Sainte Anne de Beaupre, which contains the forearm bone of the mother of the Mother of God. Miraculous cures are attested by the hundreds at this exquisite place of pilgrimage. Then there is the little known but beautiful shrine built by Blessed Père Frédéric Janssoone at Trois Rivieres. A fine pilgrimage would be to visit all three of these holy places in tandem.

Closer to home, there is the annual Auriesville Shrine Pilgrimage held each year at the end of September. Here one can walk the seventy miles of the Chartres Pilgrimage in France without crossing the ocean! Pilgrims come from all over the United States and Canada to walk, sing, and pray for the restoration of Tradition in the Catholic Church, from Lake George, New York (christened initially the Lake of the Blessed Sacrament by French Catholics) to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs at Auriesville, New York. The pilgrims camp out each night and attend the Traditional Latin Mass each morning. Along the way there are priests available to hear Confession and there is lots of camaraderie, good conversation, and sore feet. Every pilgrim that I have met who has made this walk has gained many graces as a result.

My own pilgrimage experience

 

IMG_1992

After I came back to the church years ago I had a strong desire to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Giovanni Rotondo because I knew it was the prayers of St.Padre Pio that brought me home and I wished to thank him.This had been on my mind for some time when I went to a parish mission and the priest leading the mission talked about the grace we have as catholics to go on pilgrimages where we can view the many eucharistic miracles,incorrupt saints,apparitions of Our Lady or follow in the footsteps of the saints as the early christians did.After this mission I went home and registered for my first pilgrimage not knowing how I was going to pay for it since I did not have a good job at the time and was barely making it financially as it was.I put the financial problems in Gods hands,put a note under a St.Joseph statue and went to work.I went on that pilgrimage and standing in front of St.Padre Pio was one of the happiest moments of my life!I had a supernatural experience on that pilgrimage at St.Pio’s shrine and my love for pilgrimages was born.When I got home I signed up for a 20 day pilgrimage that included visiting Fatima,Lourdes,Avila,Lourdes,shrines of France that included the shrine of the miraculous medal.That pilgrimage too changed my life especially the visit to Fatima where I truly felt Mary’s love for me.Its impossible to put into words how much going on a pilgrimage means,it can only be experienced.With every pilgrimage I journeyed on I gained extraordinary graces and every pilgrimage changed my life in a new way.

I meet so many people who say to me that they would love to go on a pilgrimage but they cant afford it or they list excuse after excuse why they cant go on pilgrimages.I too could not afford to go on one and I thought I would never get the time off work but God provided.Pilgrimages are an investment in eternity because God cannot be outdone in generosity and pilgrimages come with so many graces which we desparately need especially in our Godless society.If you feel the desire to go on a pilgrimage that is an invitation from God and/or the saints and all you have to do is say yes.He will do the rest if you trust him with it completely doing your part.Instead of taking the kids to disneyland take them on a pilgrimage to meet the saints.Instead of going on that expensive cruise go on a pilgrimage instead.It is a shame that most pilgrimages are comprised of retirees and not families and young people.We need to expose our children and young adults to the faith through pilgrimages.Its one thing to hear stories of the saints but its far richer to visit the relics of that saint,to visit their home,to walk in their footsteps.What a blessing to be able to visit the apparition sites of Lourdes and Fatima,to partake in the nightly candlelit rosary processions,to visit the seer’s homes.Every catholic needs to see the Eternal City in Rome,the seat of Peter and the city where hundreds of saints and martyrs lived and died!Make going on a pilgrimage a priority because it WILL change your life!


TIPS ON PILGRIMAGES

2016-05-21 02.04.55

 

When it comes to pilgrimages things have definitely changed over the years as far as how pilgrimages are done.Nowadays we travel very comfortably compared to our predecessors and some pilgrimage companies even try to combine the spiritual with the secular.This kind of approach tends to sacrafice more of the spiritual aspect in favor of the secular.Do we not get enough of the world as it is?Isnt the puropse of a pilgrimage to encounter the supernatural?When picking a pilgrimage company pick one that is strictly a catholic company that specializes in catholic pilgrimages.Ive learned a few things in the pilgrimages ive gone on and Im happy to share them so others dont make the same mistakes I did.Here are a few tips Ive learned along the way:

  • Once you make the decision to go on a pilgrimage and have picked the one you want to go on look for date the balance is due(this is usually 60-90 days before the departure date).Then divide the total amount of the pilgrimage by the number of paychecks you will have by than.This will give you the amount you need to set aside each paycheck to make that pilgrimage a reality.
  • Read and study up on the saints and shrines you’ll be visiting.Many times the local tour guides are not practicing catholics or catholics at all and give very superficial presentations.Reading and preparing on your own will make your visit so much more special.An example of this would be: I went on two different pilgrimages to Rome and never knew a relic of the true cross or the veil of St.Veronica was in St Peter’s Basilica.Both times the guides talked all about the architecture and art in St.Peter’s Basilica but completely missed the true treasures that are in St.Peter’s.
  • Pack your “sunday best” for visits to any shrine.God deserves our best even while on pilgrimage.ef8e2e3584bff06c21802bd4670d46d2

Bishop Sheen with his pilgrimage group in Lourdes.Look at how the women and men are dressed:)

  • Pack light!You will no doubt want to bring home souvenirs and fees for overweight luggage are absurdly high.Also a heavy suitcase gets really old really fast.
  • Read the fine print before you go on your pilgrimage.I cant tell you the number of people I ran into on a pilgrimage who didnt read the final print and had a few surprises along the way.Do yourself a favor and dont be caught off guard.
  • Get your passport as soon as you decide to go on a pilgrimage and if you already have one make sure it dosent expire within 6 months or else they wont let you get on the plane. For extra backup, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone you trust. Consider making an electronic copy you can store in your email account as well.
  • Be sure to  check in for your flight 24 hours ahead of time to make sure everything goes smoothly.
  • Register with your embassy. If there’s a problem in the country, this will make it easier for your government to contact you and get you to safety.
  • Go to a bank or ATM in the country you’re visiting. The conversion centers in the airport or around the city tend to be huge rip-offs. You won’t get charged as many fees at the ATM or the bank, and the conversion will be exact.
  • Always have local cash. Not every place takes credit cards. Especially important places like trains or buses.
  • Call your bank or credit card provider. Sometimes banks think that fraud may be occurring if transactions are suddenly happening in Bali when you’re from Jersey, and they will turn off your card as a security measure.
  • Buy tickets now for places you know you want to visit or see. By buying in advance you’ll be able to skip more lines, and find more deals targeted toward you.
  • . Get guidebooks. Guidebooks usually include maps, key words or phrases, and give you enough detail on certain sites that you won’t need to purchase the pamphlet at the venue. And download apps before you travel. Avoid downloading charges from your wireless carrier and get your apps before you leave.
  • Research events going on while you’re there. This will help you make sure that you’re not missing the best events going on in the city — fun things like festivals, ceremonies and natural events. Also be sure to research as a few national dishes to try. You don’t want to leave the country without experiencing what its known for.
  • Bring a charger adapter. Countries have different size plugs and voltage. So if you want to use your iPod, make sure you can charge it.
  • . Activate your phone’s global capabilities. There’s usually a charge for doing this, but it is much less than the roaming charges you’ll get if you don’t.
  • A few days before traveling take extra vitamin C and B complex vitamins to boost your immune system.
  • Get plenty of sleep before the day of your flight.Traveling long hours in a plane and running from flight to flight is exhausting and sleeping on the plane isnt always doable.
  • Drink plenty of water before and during your flight.People are comfortable at a humidity of about 50% but in a plane it can be as low as 1 % which can lead to severe dehydration.Drink 8 oz of water for every hour of flying time.Avoid sodas,caffeine and alcohol prior to and during a flight.
  • Take a couple asprin,wear compression stockings to prevent blood clots.To boost circulation on longer flights walk to the bathroom or up and down the aisles frequently.Gentle stretches every 30 minutes decrease your chances of blood clots and muscle cramps.One in every 4,500 passengers will develop a blood clot within 8 weeks of flying.People who fly for more than 4 hours at a time are more likely to develop blood clots.
  • Bring hand sanitizer and clorox disinfectant wipes.Wipe down your seat,seat belt and any area you may touch.This may seem a bit much but planes are notoriously germ ridden(i used to work for an airline) and you dont want to start out your pilgrimage getting sick.
  • DO NOT use any blankets or pillows provided by the airline.These are full of germs you dont need or want.If you think you might need these bring your own with you.Bring your own headphones as well for the same reasons.
  • For longer flights and multiple connections eat a meal containing lean protein (chicken,seafood,fish or eggs)whole grains(toast,cereal or deanse bread)and water rich produce(watermelon,salads or citrus).You’ll stay fuller and more hydrated and may be able to skip unhealthy airline food altogether.
  • Bring small packets of powdered drink mix to make it easier to stay hydrated and avoid sodas.Emergen-C is a smart choice packed full of electrolytes and vitamin C.Vitamin C helps boost your immune system and fight off in flight bugs.
  • A few high quality protein bars are much healthier than most inflight snacks.
  • For longer flights pack a pair of slippers or flip flops in your carry on to aid circulation and comfort
  • A sleep mask may help you rest on longer flights.It helps convince your brain its time to sleep by filtering out sunlight on longer flights.
  • Ear plugs help to cut out noise like crying babies and chatty passengers
  • Drink from your own filtered water bottle.A study found 1 in 7 planes had water that did not meet federal standards and contained the bacteria coliform and E.coli.
  • Post flight drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol at least for a few hours.
  • Now go enjoy your pilgrimage!

    Pilgrimage Companies You Can Trust

  • Totally Yours Pilgrimages
  • Corporate Travel
  • Pro Rome Tours
  • Steve Ray Pilgrimages
  • Syversen Touring
  • Traditional Catholic Pilgrimages
  • Ave Maria Pilgrimage Tours
  • Padre Pio Pilgrimages
  • Canterbury Pilgrimages
  • Uni Tours
  • Regina Tours

Additional Pilgrimage Resources

 

 

Top Pilgrimage Sites

img_1920

The Holy Land

Holy-Land_Jerusalem-Panorama1

~

   Israel

 

~Bethany

  •  Tomb of Lazarus, home of Martha and Mary

~Bethlehem

  •  Church of the Nativity
  • The Milk Grotto
  • Shepherd’s Field
  • Church of St. Catherine

~Cana

  •  Site of The Wedding Feast at Cana

~Capernaum

  • Home of St. Peter & Site of many of Jesus’ miracles

~Ein Kerem

  •  Church of the Visitation; Church of St. John the Baptist

~Emmaus

  • Jesus reveals Himself after His Resurrection

~Jericho

  •  Mount of Temptation

~Jerusalem

  • The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • The Convent of the Sisters of Zion
  • The Crusader Church of Saint Anne
  • The Pool of Bethesda
  • Via Dolorosa: The Way of the Cross

~Magdala

  • The Magdala Center

~Mount Carmel

 

  • Stella Maris Monastery and Elijah’s Cave

~Mount Tabor

  •  Church of the Transfiguration

~Tabgha

  • Church of Peter’s Primacy

 

                                 Egypt

 

~Mount Sinai

  • Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine’s Monastery

 

                                Jordan

 

~Bethany Beyond the Jordan

  •  the Baptism of Jesus

~Mount Nebo

  • Church of Moses

 

 

Italy

400_F_60180197_GxZcTwgQxzPp4Dj3pMxBgtqQPsEM7diD

 

~Amalfi 

  • Cathedral of Amalfi (relics of St.Andrew)

~Assisi

  • Basilica of St Francis
  • Basilica of St. Clare
  • Basilica of St.Mary of the angels
  • La Verna (where St.Francis received the stigmata

~Bologna

  • Chiesa di San Sigismondo (Shrine of Blessed Imelda Lambertini)
  • Santuario del Corpus Domini (Shrine of Saint Catherine of Bologna)
  • Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca (Saint Dominic)

~Cascia

Basilica of St.Rita of Cascia

~Genazzano

  • Original image of Our Lady of Good Counsel

~Lanciano

  • Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano

~L’Aquila

  • Tomb of Pope Celestine V & Shrine of St. John Paul II

~Manopello

  • Veronica’s Veil (the Holy Face of Jesus)

~Mesero

  • Shrine of St.Gianna Beretta Molla

~Montecassino

  • Abbey of St.Benedict

~Milan

  • Basilica of Saint Ambrose
  • Basilica of San Lorenzo (tomb of Saint Aquilinus of Cologne)
  • Basilica Portiana, dating from before the time of St. Ambrose; body of the martyr St. Victor
  • Cathedral (Duomo) of Milan (tomb of St. Charles Borremeo)
  • Convent of Mary Mother of Graces: Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”

~Montefalco

  • The Basilica of St. Clare of Montefalco

~Montichiari

  • Our Lady of Rosa Mystica

~Mugnano del Cardinal

  • Shrine of St.Philomena

~Naples

  • Basilica of Naples and blood of St.Januarius

~Nettuno

  • Shrine of St.Maria Goretti and home where she was martyred

~Osimo

  • St.Joseph of Cupertino

~Orvieto

  • Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto

~Padua

  • St.Anthony of Padua

~Pavia

  • St.Augustine of Hippo

~Pietrelcina

  • Birthplace of St.Padre Pio

~Pompei

  • Our Lady of Pompei and Blessed Bartolo Longo

~San Giovanni Rotondo

  • Shrine of St.Padre Pio

~Siena

  • St.Catherine of Siena
  • Eucharistic Miracle of Siena

~Tre Fontane

  • Virgin of the Revelation
  • Church of St.Paul at the Three Fountains

~Turin

  • Shroud of Turin
  • St.John Bosco
  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • St.Mary Mazzarello

~Venice

  • Basilica of St.Mark
  • Basilica Santa Maria dell Salute
  • Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

 

France

France-Travel2

 

~Amiens

  • Cathedral of Amiens and head of St.John the Baptist

~Annecy

  • St.Francis de Sales and St.Jane de Chantel

~Ars

  • St.John Vianney

~Chartes

  • Chartes Cathedral

~Contignac

  • Apparitions of St.Joseph and Our Lady of Graces

~LaSalette 

  • Apparitions of Our Lady of LaSalette

~Laus

  • Our Lady of Laus

~Le Plan-d’Aups-Ste. Baume

  • Relics of St.Mary Magdalene

~Le Puy

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Puy

~L’lle-Bouchard

  • Apparitions of Our Lady of Prayer

~Lisieux

  • St.Therese of Lisieux

~Lourdes

  • Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes and home of St.Bernadette

~Lyon

  • Basilica of Our Lady of Fourviere

~Marseille

  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Guard

~Mont St Michel

  • St.Michael’s Mountain

~Montfort sur Meu

  • Birthplace of St.Louis de Montfort

~Nevers

  • Incorrupt body of St.Bernadette

~Normandy Coast

  • The American Cemetary and D day beaches

~Orcival

  • Our Lady of Orcival

~Paray Le Monial

  • The Sacred Heart Devotion and St.Margaret Mary
  • Saint Claude de la Colombière.

~Paris

  • Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur)
  • Basilica of Saint Denis
  • Church of Saint Nicholas (Our Lady of Miracles)
  • La Madeleine Church (Church of Saint Mary Magdalene)
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Notre Dame des Victoires (Our Lady of Victories)
  • Neuilly-sur-Seine (Our Lady of Good Deliverance)
  • Saint Chapelle
  • Saint Etienne du Mont (Chapel of Saint Genevieve)
  • Saint Germain des Pres
  • Saint Joseph’s (English-speaking Church in Paris)
  • Saint Pierre de Montmartre
  • Shrine of the Miraculous Medal at Rue du Bac
  • Shrine of Saint Vincent de Paul

~Pellevoison

  • Our Lady of Mercy and the White Scapular

~Pontmain

  • Our Lady of Pontmain

~Roc Amadour

  • Our Lady of Roc Amadour

~Rouen

  • St.Joan of Arc

~Brittany

  • Basilica and apparition site of St.Anne

~Saint-Laurent sur Severes

  • St.Louis de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet

~Toulouse

  • The Jacobin Convent & Tomb of St. Thomas Aquinas

~Tours

  • St.Martin of Tours

~Verdelaise

  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Afflicted

 

 

Spain

Spain_tour_packages

 

~Aragon

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Torreciudad

~Avila

  • St.Teresa of Avila

~Barcelona

  • La Sagrada Familia

~Canary Islands

  • Our Lady of Candelaria

~Carretera de Guadarrama

  • Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen

~Covadonga

  • Our Lady of Covadonga

~Guadalupe

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe in Extremadura (Black Madonna)

~Limpias

  • Miraculous Crucifix of Limpias

~Loyola

  • St.Ignatius of Loyola

~Montserrat

  • The Black Madonna

~Salamanca

  • Pena de Francia (Our Lady of the Rock)

~Santiago de Compostela

  • The pilgrim route of St.James

~Santo Domingo de Silos

  • The Tomb of Saint Dominic of Silos and The Monks singing the famous Benedictine Chant

~Saragossa (Zaragoza)

  • Our Lady of the Pillar

~Valencia

  • Saint Mary’s Cathedral and the Holy Grail

 

 

Mexico

 

ourladyofg

~Cacaxtla

  • St.Michael’s Well

~Mexico City

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Church of the Fifth Apparition
  • Shrine of Blessed Miguel Pro

~Puebla

  • Incorrupt body of Bl. Sebastian of Aparicio
  • Rosary Chapel

~Ocotlan & Tlaxcala

  • Our Lady of Ocotlan
  • Healing Well at Ocotlan

~San Juan de Los Lagos

  • Shrine of San Juan de Los Lagos

~Suahoyo

  • Tomb of Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio

 

Portugal

fatima-600x405

 

~Braga

  • Our Lady of Sameiro
  •  Bom Jesus do Monte

~Fatima

  • Our Lady of Fatima

~Lisbon

  • Birthplace of St,Anthony of Padua

~Santarem

  • Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem

 

Poland

 

Poland-Trip-Information_Page_1

~Auschwitz

  • Concentration camp and cell of St.Maximilian Kolbe

~Gietrzwald

  • The “Lourdes of Poland”

~Czestochowa

  • Our Lady of Czestochowa (the Black Madonna)

~Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

  • Often called “the Polish Jerusalem”

~Krakow

  • Shrine of Divine Mercy,
  • Basilica of Saint Florian
  • Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Blessed John Paul II Centre
  • Basilica of the Virgin Mary

~Legnica

  • Eucharistic Miracle (declared in 2016)

~Niepokalanow

  • St. Maximilian Kolbe’s “City of the Immaculata”

~Wadowice

  • (home town of Pope John Paul II)

~Warsaw

  • (Shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszky)

 

 

United States

 

9293praying-hands-and-rosary-posters

             Alabama

~Cullman:

  • Ave Maria Grotto
  • St. Bernard Abbey

~Irondale and Hanceville:

  •  EWTN Studios and Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Alaska

~Juneau

  • Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux

              Arizona

~Hereford

  •  Shrine of Our Lady of the Sierras

~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

~Carmel

  •  San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission Basilica

~Fresno

  •  Shrine of Saint Terese

~La Jolla

  •  Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine in Mary Star of the Sea Church

~San Diego

Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala

~San Francisco

  • Church of Our Lady of Victories (Notre Dame des Victoires)
  • National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Shrine of Saint Jude Thaddeus in Saint Dominic’s Church

~Santa Clara

  •  Shrine of Our Lady of Peace

~Santa Cruz

  •  Shrine of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer

~Statewide

  • The Spanish Missions

 

              Colorado

image2_1

Golden

  •  Mother Cabrini Shrine

Virginia Dale

  • The Abbey of Saint Walburga

BenedictineNuns-C5-2_copy

 

                         Connecticut

~Litchfield

  • The Lourdes in Litchfield

~New Haven 

  • The Knights of Columbus Museum
  • Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague

~Waterbury

  • Shrine of Saint Anne for Mothers

 

                           District of Columbia

~Washington

  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • Saint John Paul II National Shrine
  • The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land
  • Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

 

                            Florida

~Key West

  •  Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea

~Miami

  • Click here for many Shrines & Places of Interest in Miami

~Orlando

  •  Click here for many Shrines & Places of Interest in Orlando

~Saint Augustine

  •  Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

 

              Georgia

~Atlanta

  • Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

~Conyers

  •  Monastery of the Holy Spirit

 

                          Hawaii

~Molokai 

  • Saint Damien of Molokai

 

                         Idaho

~Coeur d’Alene 

  • Cataldo Mission State Park

 

                          Illinois

~Belleville

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

~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

~Morton Grove

  • Shrine of All Saints (over 1500 relics)

 

                         Indiana

~Huntington

  •  Saint Felix Retreat Center

~Saint John

  • The Shrine of Christ’s Passion

                          Iowa

~Dyersville

  •  Basilica of Saint Francis Xavier

~West Bend

  •  The Grotto of the Redemption

 

                          Kansas

~Mound City

  •  Shrine of Saint Philippine Duchesne

 

                           Louisiana

~Grand Coteau

Shrine of Saint John Berchmans

~New Orleans

  • Saint Augustine Church
  • Saint Louis Cathedral
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor
  • Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Silos

 

                                 Maine

~Kennebunkport

Saint Anthony Franciscan Monastery

 

                               Maryland

~Baltimore

  •  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

~Ellicott City

  •  Shrine of Saint Anthony

~Emmitsburg

  •  National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

                        Massachusetts

~Attleboro

  •  National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette

~Boston

  •  Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine
  • Saint Clement Eucharistic Shrine

~Chicopee 

  • Saint Stanislaus Basilica

~Cape Cod Area

  • Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard

~Easton 

  • Father Peyton Memorial

~Stockbridge

  • National Shrine of Divine Mercy

 

                               Michigan

~Detroit

Shrine of Venerable Solanus Casey, Old Saint Mary’s Church

~L’Anse

Shrine of (Venerable) Bishop Baraga (“The Snowshoe Priest”)

~Indian River

  • The National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods

~Royal Oak

  • National Basilica Shrine of the Little Flower

~Washington

  • Capuchin Retreat Center

 

                            Minnesota

~Cold Spring

  •  Assumption Chapel

~Minneapolis-Saint Paul

  •   Cathedral & National Shrine of Saint Paul

~Onamia

  • National Shrine of Saint Odilia

 

                            Missouri

~Branson

  •  Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church

~Eureka

  • The Black Madonna Shrine

~Laurie

  • 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)

~Starkenburg

  •  Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

                             Montana

~Butte

  • Our Lady of the Rockies

~Stevensville

  •  Saint Mary’s Mission and Museum

 

                            Nebraska

~Gretna

  •  Shrine of the Holy Family

~Omaha

  • Cathedral of Saint Cecilia

 

                              Nevada

~Las Vegas

Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer

~Reno

Saint Thomas Aquinas Cathedral

 

                             New Hampshire

~Colebrook

  •  National Shrine of Our Lady of Grace

 

                              New Jersey

~Newark

National Shrine of Saint Gerard

~Summit

Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary

~Washington

Blue Army National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

 

                      New Mexico

~Abiquiu

Monastery of Christ in the Desert

~Albuquerque

  • Shrine of Saint Bernadette

~Chimayo

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

~Mescalero

  • Saint Joseph’s Apache Mission

~Santa Fe 

  • Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • San Miguel Chapel
  • The Loretto Chapel

 

                              New York State

~Auriesville

  •  Shrine of the North American Martyrs

~Buffalo

  •  National Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady of Victory

~Edmeston

  •  Rosa Mystica House of Prayer & Retreat Center

~Fonda

  • National Kateri Tekawitha Shrine

~Lewiston

  •  Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

~New York City

  •  Basilica of Old Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero
  • Mother Cabrini Shrine
  • Saint Malachy’s “The Actor’s Chapel”
  • Basilica of Regina Pacis
  • The Cloisters

~Stony Point

  • Salesian National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians

~Syracuse

  • Shrine of Saint of Marianne Cope

 

                                     Ohio

~Bloomingdale

  •  Catholic Family Land

~Carey

  • Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

~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

 

                                   Oregon

~Portland

  •  National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

~Saint Benedict

  • Mount Angel Abbey

 

                                   Pennsylvania

~Doylestown

  •  National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

~Philadelphia

  •  Central Association of the Miraculous Medal
  • National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia
  • National Shrine of Saint John Neumann
  • Saint Katharine Drexel Mission and Shrine

~Pittsburgh

  • Saint Anthony’s Chapel

~Uniontown

  • Mount Saint Macrina

~Warminster

  •  Shrine of Saint Gianna

 

                                    Rhode Island

~Nasonville

  • First Shrine of Saint Therese of Lisieux

~Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth Abbey Monastery and School

 

                                    South Dakota

~Sioux Falls

  •  Saint Joseph’s Cathedral

~Yankton

  • The House of Mary Shrine

 

                                    Tennessee

~Gatlinburg

  • St Mary Church at Great Smoky Mountains Natl Park

~New Hope

  • Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor

 

                                         Texas

~Cristoval

  • Mount Carmel Hermitage

~Dallas

  • Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

~Dickinson

  •  Shrine of the True Cross

~New Braunfels

  •  Mission of Divine Mercy

~Panna Maria

  • First Polish Catholic Church in the U.S.

~Rockport

  • Schoenstatt Center Lamar

~San Antonio

  • The 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

 

                                     U. S. Virgin Islands

~Saint Thomas

  •  Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul

 

                                         Vermont

~Isle de la Motte

  •  Shrine of Saint Anne

~Jamaica

  • Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer

 

                                          Virginia

~Williamsburg

  •  National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

 

                                       Washington State

~Olympia

  •  Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

 

                                         Wisconsin

~Hubertus

  • Basilica Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill

~La Crosse

  •  Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine

~Milwaukee

  • Basilica of Saint Josaphat; Saint Joan of Arc Chapel at Marquette University

~Champion (Green Bay Area)

  •  Newly approved apparition of “Our Lady of Good Help”.

~Peshtigo

  • Miraculous saving of a Tabernacle and Host

 

                                          Wyoming

~Cody

  • Mass at Yellowstone National Park

Grand Teton

  • Chapel of the Sacred Heart

 

 

Canada

 

canada-eta

~Winnipeg

  •  Shrine of Saint Gianna Molla

 

            Ontario

 

~King

  •  Marylake Retreat Centre

~Midland

  •  Canadian Martyrs Shrine

~Ottawa

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

 

              Quebec

 

~Quebec City

  • Monastery of the Augustines
  • Musee de L’Amerique Francophone
  • Museum of the Ursulines
  • Notre Dame de Quebec Cathedral

~Montreal

  • Maison Saint Gabriel
  • Musee des Hospitaliers
  • Notre Dame des Bon Secours & Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum
  • Saint Joseph’s Oratory
  • Sisters of Providence Museum & Emilie Gamelin Center
  • Marguerite d’Youville Sanctuary (near Montreal in Varennes)

~Varennes

  •  Shrine of Saint Marguerite d’Youville

~North of Quebec City

  •  Saint Anthony’s Hermitage (Ermitage Saint-Antoine de Lac-Boucette)
  •  Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre

~Trois-Rivières: Cap du la Madeline (Our Lady of the Cape)

  • Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape