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Our readers asked:

What are some great Catholic sites to visit on summer vacation?

The Editors Answers:

According to a survey by Forbes.com, an estimated 20 million pilgrims visit the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City every year. And though this is the most popular site, it certainly isn’t the only one. Watch this video and take a virtual tour to and through some other famous Catholic sites around the world.

Make a list of unique Catholic sites to visit this summer. Start with your own neighborhood. Is there a parish or shrine nearby for you to explore? Add ideas from our video. Does your local museum have a gallery that features religious art? You might also find some interesting ideas at RoadsideAmerica.com. Use the comments section below to tell us what’s going on your sightseeing to-do list!

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  • Julie

    I’ve really been wanting to make a pilgrimage to the largest man-made grotto in the world, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, IA. In the early 20th century, Fr. Dobberstein put together this masterpiece of nine separate grottos to fulfill his promise to the Blessed Virgin Mary that he would build a shrine in her honor since she interceded for him to save him from life-threatening circumstances when he was a seminarian. Most of my family members have been able to make a trip to this place at least once in their life. For different reasons, I’ve never had an opportunity to go myself. I’m trying to make an opportunity for myself . . . hopefully this summer?! Another place I really recommend is Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois. It’s managed by Franciscan Friars, and they’ve had perpetual adoration since the 1920s. I went there last month and walked the 20 mysteries of the Rosary outside. It’s a really great place for a pilgrimmage.


  • Swiftright Right

    I make a pilgrimage to St Kolbe’s shrine in Footendale PA (south of Pittsburgh) It was dedicated by Francis Gajowniczek who was the man that St Kolbe saved in Auschwitz. Its very small and peaceful; the perfect spot for quit contemplation and maybe a family picnic.

  • norats

    If you happen to be in Cleveland, OH be sure to visit St Stanislaus Shrine Parish. I grew up in this parish, but honestly this is the most beautiful gothic style church I have ever been in. The priest who built this church in the late 1800′s got into a boatload of trouble with the bishop for grossly overspending, but his argument was God is worth it! I agree & it is so wonderful. Go to http://ststanislaus.org/ for more info.

  • http://www.facebook.com/veronica.zamarron.16 Veronica Zamarron

    Here in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, near the tip of the state, we have the Shrine of San Juan de Valle. It’s a beautiful shrine, with an outdoor Stations of the Cross that you can walk through. This shrine replaced the former church that was destroyed when a man crashed his small plane into the building. Even though a Mass was going on at the time, with some schoolchildren attending, only the pilot died. Everyone else survived, and the Host was also left intact. It’s a great source of faith for many in the Valley and many pilgrims from northern Mexico.

  • Cindy Cheshire

    If you’re in Juneau, Alaska on a cruise this summer, take the trek out to the Shrine of St. Therese of Lisieux! It’s uniquely gorgeous, extremely spiritual, and you might just see a breaching whale or some bubble feeding orcas while you’re walking the prayer labyrinth or the outdoor Stations of the Cross.

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