Places to Pilgrimage

A lot of time and love has been poured into creating this list of holy and historic sites for you and your family to easily find places to pilgrimage to and learn about Catholic heritage in the United States!

Please comment below if you have a suggestion for a place to be included on this list! These are all active churches unless otherwise noted.


Alabama

Cathedral of St. Paul, Birmingham

Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman

Christ the King Catholic Church, Daphne

Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Fort Mitchell

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Mobile

St. Peter Catholic Church, Montgomery


Alaska

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Anchorage

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Fairbanks

National Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Co-Cathedral, Juneau


Arizona

St. Peregrine Cancer Shrine, Mesa

St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix

San Xavier Del Bac Mission, Tucson

Tumacácori National Historic Park , Tumacácori – National Park

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona

Shrine of St. Joseph of the Mountains, Yarnell


Arkansas

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church , Eureka Springs

Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine, Fort Smith


California

St. Joseph Basilica, Alameda

Sanctuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Sacramento

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, San Francisco

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, San Jose

Shrine of Our Lady of Peace, Santa Clara

The California Missions:

The 21 California Missions in order from south to north along The Camino Real (“The King’s Road” that connects the 21 missions).  

San Diego de Alcala  – Guided tours (book in advance, fee)

San Luis Rey de Francia – Spiritual retreat center, museum with self guided tour and entry fee

Historic San Juan Capistrano

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano – adjacent to the historic mission

San Gabriel Arcangel

San Fernando Rey de Espana

San Buenaventura 

Santa Barbara

Santa Ines Virgen y Martir

La Purisima Concepcion

San Luis Obispo de Tolosa

San Miguel Arcangel

San Antonio de Padua

Nuestra Senora de la Soledad

San Carlos Borromeo de Carmel – location of St. Junipero Serra’s tomb

San Juan Bautista

Santa Cruz

Santa Clara de Asis

San Jose

San Francisco de Asis

San Rafael Arcangel

San Francisco Solano – Part of the Solano State Historic Park


Colorado

Camp St. Malo, Allenspark

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver – tomb of Servant of God Julia Greeley

Mother Cabrini Shrine, Golden


Connecticut

The Shrine of Lourdes, Litchfield

Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center, New Haven – Knights of Columbus Museum

Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Waterbury


Florida

Basilica of St. Paul, Daytona Beach

Santa Fe Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, High Springs

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Jacksonville

Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West

Sanctuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad (National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity), Miami

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

Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Pensacola

Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, & Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, St. Augustine


Georgia

Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Atlanta

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

Flannery O’Conner’s childhood home, Savannah – historic site

Andalusia, Flannery O’Conner’s home, Milledgeville – historic site


Hawai’i

Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Kalaupapa – historic site – location of St. Philomena Church and St. Damien Molokai’s burial site

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu – site of St. Marianne Cope’s tomb


Idaho

Old Mission State Park, Couer d’Alene


Illinois

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville

Basilica of St. Hyacinth, Chicago

Basilica of Queen of All Saints, Chicago

Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica, Chicago

National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago

National Shrine of St. Therese, Darien

Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Spiritual Centre, El Paso

The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Libertyville

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum, Peoria

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria – location Venerable Fulton Sheen’s tomb


Indiana

Basilica of the Most Sacred Heart, Notre Dame

Shrine of Christ’s Passion, St. John

Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods – location of St. Theodore Guerin’s tomb

Basilica of St. Francis Xavier (Old Cathedral), Vincennes


Iowa

Basilica of St. John the Apostle, Des Moines

Basilica of St. Francis Xavier, Dyserville

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption, West Bend


Kansas

Shrine of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, Mound City

Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Witchita


Kentucky

St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral Basilica, Bardstown

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington

Basilica of the Blessed Virgin of Gethsemani and Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist – Trappist monastery


Louisiana

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception – Natchitoches

Saint Jude’s International Shrine, New Orleans

Museum at the Old Ursuline Convent, New Orleans

National Shrine of Blessed Frances Xavier Seelos, New Orleans

National Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, New Orleans


Maryland

Carroll Museums, Baltimore – historic sites of the Catholic signer of the Declaration, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

St. Jude Shrine, Baltimore

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption, Baltimore – America’s first cathedral

St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Mother Seton House, Baltimore – First Roman Catholic Seminary in the U.S., Home of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and site of first African-American Catholic parish

National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori, Baltimore

Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City

National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, Emmitsburg

Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg – location of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton’s tomb


Massachusetts

National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro

Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

Madonna, Queen of the Universe National Shrine, Boston

St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, Boston

St. Francis Chapel, Boston

Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Chicopee

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Fall River

The Museum of Family Prayer, North Easton

  • nearby Cemetery of Holy Cross Religious is the burial site of Venerable Patrick Peyton

Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Springfield

National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge

St. Joseph Basilica, Webster

Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Worcester


Maine

Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica, Lewiston


Michigan

Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit, Detroit

Solanus Casey Center, Detroit – location of the tomb of Blessed Solanus Casey

Basilica of St. Adalbert, Grand Rapids

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Royal Oak

National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods, Indian River

Our Lady of the Woods Shrine, Mio


Minnesota

Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

National Shrine of St. Odilia, Onamia

Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Winona


Mississippi

St. Mary Basilica, Natchez


Missouri

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Conception Abbey, Conception

Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Florissant

National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Laurie

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Perryville

Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne, Saint Charles – location of St. Philippine Duchesne’s tomb

Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral), St. Louis

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, St. Louis

Saint Mary of Victories Catholic Church, St. Louis

Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis

Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, Starkenburg


Montana

Historic St. Mary’s Mission & Museum, Stevensville – historic park

Nebraska

Holy Family Shrine, Greta


New Hampshire

Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Enfield


New Jersey

The National Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Asbury

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark

St. Lucy’s Church, National Shrine of St. Gerard, Newark

Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling


New Mexico

El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo

Basilica of San Albino, Mesilla

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Asissi, Sante Fe

San Miguel Chapel, Santa Fe – oldest church in the continental U.S.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe

The Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe – location of the stairs built by St. Joseph


New York

Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs, Auriesville – birthplace of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn

Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Brooklyn

Basilica of Regina Pacis, Brooklyn

St. Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site, Fonda – home of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Our Lady of Victory Basilica & National Shrine, Lackawanna

National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, Lewiston

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown

Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, New York – tomb of Venerable Pierre Toussaint

St. Frances Cabrini Shrine, New York City – tomb of St. Frances Cabrini

St. Peter’s Church, New York

Basilica of St. Mary of Angels, Olean

National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, Stony Point

Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Syracuse

Saint Marianne Cope Museum , Syracuse


North Carolina

Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville

Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, Belmont

Basilica Shrine of St. Mary, Wilmington


North Dakota

Basilica of St. James, Jamestown


Ohio

Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Bellevue

Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Canton

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati

St. Anthony Shrine and Friary, Cincinatti

Catholic Museum of Art and History, Columbus

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Euclid

Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein

Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, Marietta

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, North Jackson

Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Youngstown


Oklahoma

Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine, Oklahoma City

  • being constructed, completion expected 2022

Oregon

National Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sorrow, the Grotto, Portland

Mount Angel Abbey, Mt. Angel – Benedictine


Pennsylvania

National Centre for Padre Pio, Barto

Basilica of Sts. Cyril and Methodius – Danville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown

Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Hanover

Mother Pauline Visintainer Religious Foundation, Kulpmont

St. Vincent Archabbey Basilica, Latrobe

Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, Loretto

Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia

The Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia

Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, Philadelphia – tomb of St. Katharine Drexel

National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, Philadelphia – tomb of St. John Neumann

National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, Philadelphia

Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, Scranton


South Carolina

Basilica of St. Peter, Columbia

Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope, Kingstree


South Dakota

The House of Mary Shrine, Yankton

Tennessee

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Chattanooga

Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor, New Hope

St. Martin de Porres National Shrine & Institute, Memphis


Texas

The Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Schoenstatt, Austin

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont

Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas

Shrine of the True Cross, Dickinson

St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Galveston

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish & Shrine, Midland

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, San Antonio

Shrine of St. Padre Pio, San Antonio

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, San Juan

The Texas Missions:

Corpus Christi de la Ysleta, El Paso

Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, Goliad – Texas state park

Mission Nuestra Señora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park, active church

San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), San Antonio – historic park, not an active church

San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park and active, parish church

San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park, active church

San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio – San Antonio Missions National Park, active church

Nuestra Senora de la Limpia Concepcion de Los Piros de Socorro del Sur, Socorro

San Francisco de los Tejas, Weches – Texas state park


Virginia

Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria

Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk


Washington, D.C.

Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Saint John Paul ll National Shrine

Ukrainian National Shrine of the Holy Family


West Virginia

Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston


Wisconsin

National Shrine of St. Philomena, Briggsville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion

  • site of the only Church-approved Marian Apparition

National Shrine of St. Joseph, De Pere

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Hubertus

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse

Saint Joan of Arc Chapel, Milwaukie

St. Josaphat’s Basilica, Milwaukee

4 thoughts on “Places to Pilgrimage

  1. St. Mary of the Seven Sorrows in Nashville, TN is beautiful. We visited during the year of Mercy, as they had doors of mercy.

    Shrine of the Virgin of the Poor in New Hope, TN. Its a beautiful setting with a walking rosary.

    St. Anthony’s chapel in Pittsburgh, PA has an incredible collection of relics and amazing Stations of the Cross.

    St. Peter in Richmond, VA, the diocese first Cathedral and just a block from Capitol Square is beautiful and historic.

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