Places to Pilgrimage

This is a growing resource that includes Catholic sites with historical and spiritual significance. Please comment below if you have a suggestion for a place to be included on this list! These are active churches unless otherwise noted.


Alabama


Alaska

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Anchorage

  • co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau

Sacred Heart Cathedral, Fairbanks

  • cathedral of the diocese of Fairbanks

National Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau

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

  • co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Anchorage-Juneau

Arizona

St. Peregrine Cancer Shrine, Mesa

St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix

San Xavier Del Bac Mission, Tucson

Tumacácori National Historic Park

  • National Park

Arkansas

Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine, Fort Smith


California

The National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, San Francisco

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 Carmelo

  • location of the remains of St. Junipero Serra

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

Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver

  • location of the remains 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

Florida

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

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

Flannery O’Conner’s childhood home, Savannah

Andalusia, Flannery O’Conner’s home, Milledgeville


Hawai’i

Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Kalaupapa

  • location of St. Philomena Church and the remains of St. Damien Molokai

Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Honolulu

  • site of the remains of St. Marianne Cope

Idaho

Old Mission State Park, Couer d’Alene


Illinois

National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville

National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago

National Shrine of St. Therese, Darien

The National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Libertyville

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum, Peoria

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria

  • location of the remains of Venerable Fulton Sheen

Indiana

Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods

  • location of the remains of St. Theodore Guerin

Iowa

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

Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist

  • Trappist monastery

Louisiana

Saint Jude’s International Shrine, New Orleans

National Shrine of Blessed Frances Xavier Seelos, New Orleans

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


Maryland

St. Jude Shrine, Baltimore

Basilica 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

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg

  • location of the remains of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton

Massachusetts

Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston

Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston

St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, Boston

St. Francis Chapel, Boston

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, Fall River

The Museum of Family Prayer, North Easton

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

Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, Springfield

National Shrine of Divine Mercy, Stockbridge

Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Worcester


Michigan

Solanus Casey Center, Detroit

  • location of the remains of Venerable Solanus Casey

National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods, Indian River


Minnesota

National Shrine of St. Odilia, Onamia


Missouri

Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, Florissant

National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, Laurie

Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne, Saint Charles

  • location of the remains of St. Philippine Duchesne

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, St. Louis

Saint Mary of Victories Catholic Church, St. Louis

Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis


New Jersey

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

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark

Shrine of St. Joseph, Stirling


New Mexico

El Santuario de Chimayo, Chimayo

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

St. Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site, Fonda

  • home of St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Our Lady of Victory Basilica & National Shrine, Lackawanna

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville

National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown

St. Frances Cabrini Shrine, New York City

  • location of the remains of St. Frances Cabrini

St. Peter’s Church, New York


Ohio

National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Euclid

Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein


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


Pennsylvania

National Center for Padre Pio, Barto

National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown

Mother Pauline Visintainer Religious Foundation, Kulpmont

The Miraculous Medal Shrine, Philadelphia

Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel, Philadelphia

  • location of the remains of St. Katharine Drexel

National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, Philadelphia

  • location of the remains of St. John Neumann

National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, Philadelphia


South Carolina

Shrine of Our Lady of Joyful Hope, Kingstree


Tennessee

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

Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Dallas

Shrine of the True Cross, Dickinson

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 Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, San Juan

The Texas Missions: more information coming soon…

Corpus Christi de la Ysleta, El Paso

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

San Francisco de los Tejas, Weches

Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisima Concepcion de Acuna, San Antonio

San Antonio de Valero (The Alamo), San Antonio

San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo, San Antonio

Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga, Goliad

San Francisco de la Espada, San Antonio

San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio


Virginia

Basilica of St. Mary, Alexandria


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


Wisconsin

National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion

  • site of the only Church-approved Marian Apparition

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

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse

6 thoughts on “Places to Pilgrimage

  1. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (in St. Louis, Missouri) rivals cathedrals in Europe. Its mosaics are mostly in the Byzantine style, although some are in the Italian style, and there is a little museum in the basement that explains all this and the process of making the mosaics. https://cathedralstl.org/

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    1. Thank you! Is that the cathedral downtown, walking distance from the riverfront? If so I’ve seen it from the outside when passing through town years ago but never got to go in. I remember it looked absolutely stunning. I definitely need to work on listing more cathedrals. It’s a little daunting with 192 cathedrals here in the U.S. I love that this one has a museum too!

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  2. 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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