This extensive list of pilgrimage sites has been a long time coming! Over the years I’ve been compiling lists of holy sites in the United States as I’ve come across them. It started out as a bucket list that grew into this state-by-state list that I try to keep updated with links here.
But how much more fun is a list that makes it easy to find a Marian shrine when you want to spend some special time with Mama Mary? Or learn about a person on the road to canonization and find out where they are buried? Or maybe you want a quick and easy way to find a cathedral or basilica to visit on your upcoming family vacation? Or you want to make a pilgrimage to a shrine dedicated to your patron saint, but you don’t even know where to start looking?
That’s why I wanted to create a different kind of list. A little guide so to speak of American Catholic pilgrimage sites simply categorized with little fun facts and explanations of things like what are Schoenstatt shrines and what’s the difference between a proto-cathedral and a pro-cathedral.
Now, it’s not a conclusive list of every holy and historic site in the U.S. There are dozens of historic churches, monasteries, important statues and more that may come together in a future version. But I consider this a pretty good jumping off point, especially if you are new to seeking out pilgrimage sites in the U.S.
I hope you have just as much fun perusing this mini guide as I had putting it together for you. It’s been a labor of love that I hope will help you to grow in your faith through pilgrimage.
You can get The Little Pilgrim Pilgrimage Guide for the United States here.
Let us know what pilgrimage sites you add to your bucket list in the comments below!
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