A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place or a time of travel to commemorate great events in salvation history. It is an opportunity to bring our petitions, praise, and thanksgiving to a place blessed in some way by the presence of God or His saints. It is also a symbol of what our lives should always be as Christians on our earthly journey towards heaven.

United States: Peaceful pilgrimage within the borders

Compared to Rome, the United States seems like it would be lacking in Catholic history. On the contrary, the United States has deep roots in Catholicism because quite a few people were anti-Catholic when settlers were searching for religious freedom


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Pilgrimage to shrines expanding across the states

That Catholic history extends beyond state borders. Have you ever visited St. Anne's Shrine in Isle La Motte in scenic upper-state Vermont? Travel across Lake Champlain and you're at the Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville, New York. You're not dependent on New England for an enriching experience. California has the Shrine of St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer as well as multiple Spanish missions sites. Washington, D.C. is home to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. View the beautiful landscapes the United States has to offer while you walk in the physical presence of your Catholic faith.




Mission San Juan Capistrano


Noteworthy Shrines in America

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception | Washington, D.C.

The 10th largest church in the world, it stands as one of America's largest Marian shrines. Nearly one million people make pilgrimage to the basilica yearly. It is known for its architecture and sacred art. Another notable: the St. John Paul II National Shrine. See a video about this beautiful shrine below!

California Missions

Started by St. Junipero Serra, the California Missions are a series of missions churches that stand as religious outposts. The 21 missions were established by Catholic priests and were intended to expand Christianity by converting Native Americans.

Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs | Auriesville, New York

A large example of the Catholic faith, this national shrine holds a lot of Catholic history. See the video for a virtual pilgrimage!


National Shrine of the Divine Mercy | Stockbridge, Massachusetts

There were no blueprints or building plans when a man named Antonio Guerrieri, a 74-year-old resident of Stockbridge, was entrusted with building the shrine. The details were in his head. Guerrieri's brilliant woodwork is adorned with 36 stained glass windows. In 1996, the shrine was honored with a new title: National Shrine.

Rudolph Grotto Gardens | Rudolph, Wisconsin

Visit shrines amidst gorgeous florals and greenery! See 26 shrines located in a 1/5 mile cave. Visit St. Jude's chapel. Among the shrines, you can pray at the 14 Stations of the Cross. When you're done praying, visit the grotto museum to learn about this history of how this beautiful sanctuary came to be. 

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Baltimore, MD

America's first cathedral holds multiple titles: Marian shrine, national historic landmark, national shrine, and Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Jack Waite, principal architect in charge of the basilica, said, "When the Cathedral was first constructed, the only building that could compete with it in size, scale, and architectural sophistication was the United States Capitol." Visit their history page to learn more about the basilica!


St Patrick's Cathedral, aerial view, 697kb



Can I see some sample pilgrimages?

We delight in being able to share the wonderful Catholic history that America has to offer. Whether it be the California coast you want to see, a trip to Wisconsin, or a pilgrimage to Maryland, we have experience bringing faithful pilgrims all over the United States.


California Mission Trail Sample Pilgrimage 

Shrines Of Wisconsin Sample Pilgrimage 

North American Martyrs Sample Pilgrimage  

Saints and Basilicas of Upper NY Sample

Washington DC Sample Pilgrimage 

Footsteps Of St Elizabeth Seton Sample 


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