National Shrines

Now that the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul Minnesota has been made the National Shrine of St. Paul in this Year of St. Paul….

… what are some of the other National Shrines?  In the USA?  In your countries?

Just official National Shrines, please.

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  1. Chris Peschel says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette Attleboro, Massachusetts in the Fall River Diocese

  2. Mary Ann says:

    LaCrosse WI National Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe…wonderful! Honors Our Blessed Mother as the Patroness of the Unborn.

  3. Frank H. says:

    Here is a website that is an extensive list of Shrines in the USA.

    [Official National Shrines, please.]

  4. National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC

    Mission Statement
    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a Catholic church dedicated to the patroness of our nation, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation. It offers visitors the occasion for a deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model for that journey. This monumental church, raised by Catholics of the United States because of their devotion to Mary the Mother of God, gives visibility to their faith and Catholic heritage. Mary’s Shrine invites people from across the country and beyond into the saving moment of faith, hope and charity, so that they may be reconciled and transformed into living symbols of Christ’s presence in the world. It is here that the faithful gather to worship God, give honor to Mary, and are sent to spread God’s word wherever they go.

  5. This probably goes without saying, but the National Shrine of the Imaculate Conception in Washington DC. Its special to KNights of COlumbus, as I believe we helped to build the bell tower

  6. Mary Ann says:

    Thank you, Frank!

    Another wonderful Wisconsin shrine that I have visited is the Basilica Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians near Hubertus Wi (Kettle Morraine area, Southeastern WI)

  7. depeccatoradvitam says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
    1811 West Saint Joseph Street
    Perryville, MO 63775-1598
    United States

    Since the building of the Shrine Chapel in 1929, the church of St. Mary’s of the Barrens has served as the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

  8. Almost forgot,

    we go there every christmas season, and the occasional Retreat.

    Then Also there is the Shrine of the MOst Blessed Sacrament

    I have been in it, its absolutely gorgeous, and a fitting structure to say the least

  9. Salvatore Giuseppe says:

    Not a national shrine, but the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche is the oldest Marian Shrine in the United States, and quite possible oldest US Shrine in general

    [Official National Shrines, please.]

  10. Hidden One says:

    There’s always the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Aparecida, Brazil. (

  11. trespinos says:

    The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, Portland, OR.

  12. Liam says:

    Massachusetts also has the national shrine of the Divine Mercy devotion, in the Berkshires.

    I was just visiting the national shrine of Our Lady of Victory in Lackawanna NY the weekend before last.

    And IIRC, there’s a lovely national shrine of St Anne in Scranton PA.

  13. Fr. Totton says:

    If this is a “rabbit hole” please forgive me, but will the Cathedral of St. Paul likely soon be honored also as a Minor Basilica?

  14. Mark says:

    National Shrine of the Little Flower, in Royal Oak Michigan, where I was married.

  15. John G. says:

    In Scranton we have the Basilica of the National
    Shrine of St Ann run by the Passionist Fathers. There
    has been a yearly novena to St. Ann in July since 1924.
    It draws thousands each year. A huge occaision of grace in
    this area !!!

  16. Brian Koenig says:

    National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes and Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Emmitsburg, MD

    As a kid growing up in NYC my family used to visit the National Shrine of St. Anthony
    (Church of St. Francis of Assisi) and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY quite often.

  17. @markomalley says:

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

    National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague, Prague, OK:

    Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family…just down the road from the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception:

    National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Stockbridge:

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Hon):

    Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (near Niagra Falls):

    Those are the ones I can think of

  18. TJV says:

    At Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD, there is the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

  19. trespinos says:

    I was too brief. In the care of the Servites, Our Sorrowful Mother’s shrine–the structure itself–is serviceable and dignified in appearance, but the fame of Portland’s “Grotto” justly rests on the quintessential Pacific Northwestern woodsy, ferny green grounds, truly a labor of love that transformed its origin: one of the Union Pacific’s rock quarries.

  20. Andrew, medievalist says:

    According to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Notre-Dame-du-Cap (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec) may be the most important Marian shrine in North America. Also of note is the National Canadian Martyrs Shrine (Midland, Ontario), dedicated to the Jesuit Martyrs St Jean de Brebeuf and his companions.

  21. EJ says:

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of El Viejo, in El Viejo, Nicaragua

    This image of Our Lady is venerated as the patroness of Nicaragua, and it is a large statue given by St. Teresa of Jesus as a parting gift to her brother, as he left Spain for Nicaragua in the 16th century.

  22. DeborahAnne says:

    Carmel Mission Basilica and National Shrine of Blessed Junipero Serra
    3080 Rio Road, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California

    I was born 2 miles from the Mission and had the opportunity to visit the shrine in April.

  23. peter says:

    Basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of Slovakia.

  24. The designation “National Shrine” is a bit confusing for me. I am presently living at the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. As I understand it both our shrine and the Claretian Fathers was founded in 1929 in response to the economic situation of the country. Theirs is known as the “National Shrine of St. Jude” and ours as the “Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus”. The story which I’ve always gotten is that theirs is called “national” because they put the sign out first. This has been something of a bone of contention ever since because ours actually boasts the major relic (an arm encased in a medieval reliquary) of St. Jude on this continent. How does one become officially so designated?

  25. Derald says:

    National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague of Prague, Oklahoma

    This is the only National Shrine in Oklahoma.

    Father Johnson was called to Bakersfield, California, where his mother, Mrs. Annie Johnson, was critically ill. As his hospitalized mother recovered, Father Johnson spoke of his new parish of St. Wenceslaus and its hopes for a new church. Some of the Sisters of Mercy staffing the hospital asked if the parish ever made devotions to The Infant Jesus of Prague. When Father Johnson replied in the negative, the Sisters asked if he would accept for his parish a statue of The Infant Jesus of Prague. To this, Father Johnson consented. In August, 1947, a statue of The Infant Jesus of Prague arrived in Prague, Oklahoma, and Father Johnson placed it in St. Wenceslaus Church.

    As a matter of course, Father Johnson ordered literature concerning The Infant Jesus of Prague and copies of devotions to The Infant Jesus of Prague, which were placed near the statue. Soon members of the parish told of requests being answered. Two weeks before Christmas, 1947, Father Johnson was walking up and down the aisle of the Church praying The Divine Office when his eyes were caught by the statue of The Infant Jesus of Prague. He recalled the many stories of his parishioners and their faith in The Infant Jesus of Prague. As Father Johnson gazed on the statue, he promised The Infant Jesus that he would make the new Church a Shrine to The Infant Jesus of Prague if The Infant would help him get the new church built. Donations of money and supplies soon started arriving from parishioners and businesses in Prague. Donations were even received from throughout the United States. On February 22, 1949, Bishop Eugene J. McGuinness dedicated the new Catholic Church at Prague, again under the patronage of St. Wenceslaus. Keeping his promise, Father Johnson set the state of The Infant Jesus of Prague “on a throne of gold” back of the main altar.

  26. norm says:

    St. Francis of Assisi in SFO

  27. Cari B. says:

    National Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  28. Josef says:

    National Shrine of St. Joseph – Mandaue City, Philippines.

    This was my parish for 13 years before my family and I moved in California. I was baptized there and I did my first confession and first communion there. My mom was also the choir director at the parish for almost 20 years.

  29. a catechist says:

    The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, in Carey, Ohio. A National Shrine and Basilica. There’s a miraculous statue of Our Lady of Consolation in Luxembourg Cathedral, and they sent a replica of the statue in 1868, where she also does miracles. They welcome pilgrims year-round, ‘though there’s aso a major annual pilgrimage with processions,etc.

    They also have an excellent gift shop, where I got my chapel veils and several books.

  30. Fr. Charles says:

    I lived for a spell with the friars in Cartago, Costa Rica, down the street from the beautiful national shrine, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles. You can see a little of it in the top banner of the page of the Costa Rican bishops’ conference:

  31. Alaina says:

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio. (I was married there.)

  32. Joshua says:

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

  33. The National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics, Maria Stein, Ohio.
    4 Miles from my home.

    From their web site

    The National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics was founded in 1875 when Father J.M. Gartner entrusted his collection of relics to the Sisters at Maria Stein.

    Housed in a beautiful chapel built in 1892, the collection, with over 1000 relics on display, represents the second largest collection of its type in the United States (after St. Anthony\’s Chapel in Pittsburgh). The Shrine was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

    Also see my blog

  34. Steven says:

    National Shrine of Our lady, Queen of Ireland
    Knock, County Mayo, Ireland

    National Shrine of St Oliver Plunkett,
    St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, Co Louth, Ireland

    National Shrine of Saint Brigid
    Faughart, Co Louth, Ireland

  35. Kim D'Souza says:

    I’m pretty sure that the following are national shrines in Canada:
    1)Basilica of our Lady of the Cape (Notre-Dame-du-Cap), Cap-de-la-Madeleine, QC
    2)St Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal, QC
    3)Sanctuaire Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec City
    4)Martyrs Shrine (Ss. Jean de Brebeuf, Isaac Joques and Companions) Midland, ON

    In addition, I believe that St Patrick’s Redemptorist Church on McCaul Street in Toronto has been designated the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Also, the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St John the Baptist in Ottawa is called a National Shrine, but I’m not sure whether that designation was ever officially accorded either by the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church or by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Unfortunately, this list doesn’t include any shrines in Western Canada. The only possibility of which I’m aware is the famous shrine to St Ann in Lac Ste-Anne, AB, but I doubt that it is called a National Shrine simply because we already have Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré and it would seem odd to have two national shrines for St Ann.

  36. Deo volente says:

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, MD. This is the first US Cathedral.

    In addition to our rank as a Minor Basilica, the church is also a National Shrine, Marian Shrine, National Historic Landmark, and Co-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and we welcome all to visit and worship in what Pope John Paul II referred to as “the worldwide symbol of religious freedom.”

  37. Prof. Basto says:


    1) Brazil:

    – National Shrine (and Basilica) of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception “Aparecida”, Queen and Patroness of Brazil; Aparecida; São Paulo State, Brazil.

    – The chapel of Our Lady “Aparecida” at the feet of the world-famous monument to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro has only recently been granted the status of a Shrine, but I don’t think that that it was made National Shrine; I may be wrong about that.

    – National Shrine of St. Paulina of the Agonizing Heart of Jesus, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

    2) Portugal

    – The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fátima, (a.k.a. The Fátima Sanctuary), built in fulfillment of Our Lady’s express command that a chapel should be built in the place of the apparitions, is a designated National Shrine.

  38. Didymus says:

    National Shrine of the North American Martyrs (St Isaac Jogues & companions) in Auriesville, NY. I understand there is also a shrine to them in Ontario, Canada.

  39. Ave Maria says:

    National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe
    at Marytown

    in Libertyville, Illinois

  40. Robert says:

    There are two 4 site in Philadelphia, PA

    1 Saint John Neumann

    2 Saint Catherine Dexel

    3 Saint Rita

    4 Miraculous Medal Shirne

    And others

    I have been to all of them and they are differnt in what it purpose.

  41. stuart chessman says:

    Regarding St. Ann, there seems to be some confusion. There was a national shrine of ST. Ann in New York City. It was a beautiful church that was barbarically razed a few years ago. At the end it was the Armenian Catholic Cathedral. The Traditional mass was also celebrated there. Thre is an alternative national shrine in Metairie LA that was moved there from New Orleans around 1970. Both the New York and New Orleans Shrines were founded about the same time. In New York there is yet another shrine (or devotion) to St. ANNE (note spelling) at St. Jean Baptiste church.

  42. Nicknackpaddywack says:

    National shrines are a dime a dozen.

  43. Pseudomodo says:

    One in Vancouver BC – Shrine of St. Jude. My old parish.

  44. Michelle Marie Romani says:

    There is also the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, in San Juan, Texas.

  45. TJ says:

    The National Shrine of Saint Joseph is located in De Pere, WI at St. Norbert Abbey under the directions of the Canons Regular of Premontre. It’s worth a visit!

  46. Pseudomodo says:

    Oh…BTW the shrine of St. Jude in Vancouver has a first class relic of St. Jude.

  47. Tim says:

    Belgium: Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Coeur, Koekelberg, Brussels

  48. Tim says:

    Although I believe Belgium has national shrines of Our Lady at Hal (Halle) and Banneux (Notre-Dame des Pauvres). The latter was awarded status of a national shrine by the Belgian bishops in 1999.

  49. Joe Gallaher says:

    Hi all.Don’t forget Our Lady of Peace Shire in Santa Clara

  50. Tim says:

    England: the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham
    Wales: Our Lady of Cardigan National Shrine of Wales

  51. Charivari Rob says:

    There’s the Madonna Queen National Shrine in East Boston, MA

  52. The Augustinians run the beautiful National Shrine of St. Rita, where they have daily (I’m not sure about perpetual but it may be) Adoration.

  53. I should have mentioned that the above St. Rita National Shrine is in Philadelphia…

  54. Mila says:

    Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in Miami, FL. /
    This shrine was built entirely with donations made by Cuban exiles, who would give a small amount out of their first paycheck once they found a job in the USA. Though the building was completed around 1973, Archbishop Coleman Carroll donated the land for its establishment back in 1967, so we celebrated the 40th anniversary a couple of years ago.
    The shrine offers two Masses daily, confessions from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m and before each Mass every day, and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  55. John Enright says:

    Robert’s post regarding Philadelphia shrines contain a link to an Archdiocesian page for the shrines. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. This is the correct link: Catholic Shrines.

  56. Peggy says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, founded and run by OMI, in Belleville, ILL, and diocese of same name. I assume it’s an official National Shrine as the name says so…

    While the Shrine has many positives, it is a home for the “spirit of V2” ethos ever since I can remember.

  57. Flabellum says:


    Roman Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham •
    Our Lady of Cardigan – National Shrine of Wales.
    National Shrine of St. Jude Apostle and Martyr, Faversham – England. –
    National Shrine of St Joseph
    St Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough.
    National Shrine of Saint Boniface Crediton, UK
    National Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden, ..
    National Shrine of Saint Andrew
    St Mary’s RC Cathedral, Edinburgh

  58. Nick K. says:

    There are seven National Shrines within the Chicago Archdiocese dedicated to Our Sorrowful Mother, St. Anne, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, St. Jude, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Peregrine, and the Poor Souls, respectively.

  59. Bonifacius says:

    Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, a minor basilica staffed by the Discalced Carmelites at Erin, Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee. It is locally known as Holy Hill.

  60. mom says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in New Orleans:

    Also, National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos in New Orleans:

  61. FranzJosf says:

    Just today I visited the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., mentioned above. A lovely, peaceful place.

  62. Fr. J says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady, Queen of the Universe
    Orlando, FL

  63. Buffalo Bill says:

    Our Lady of Victory Basilica
    & National Shrine, Lackawanna, NY (Buffalo Area)

    “Among the churches of America, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Victory is,for many reasons,
    to be counted as one of the greatest. This sanctuary is truly a masterpiece, in the nobility of its lines,
    in the splendor of its marbles, in its massive solidarity, and in its artistic finish…”

    Quoted from the Apostolic Decree by Pope Pius XI
    which elevated the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory
    to a Minor Basilica on July 20, 1926.

  64. Daniel Hill says:

    Two of the more obscure/forgotten shrines in Australia
    1. The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Randwick.
    2.The National Shrine of Christ the Priest, now forgotten in the Chapel of the defunct Many Seminary, in Sydney. The Seminarians from the new Sydney Seminary still have an annual mass there and some other masses are said there too, as well as lucrative (and not alway’s Catholic) weddings. I encourage all to make a pilgrimage to raise awareness of this shrine.

  65. National Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY and the one to Blessed Kateri across the river in
    Fonda, NY (She was born in what is now the former shrine): National Shrine to St. Gerard Majella at St Lucy’s Church, Newark, NJ

  66. Jason says:

    I’m not sure if this an “official” shrine, Fr. Z, but St. Alphonsus church in Baltimore, Maryland has a Shrine to St. John Neumann. If I’m not mistaken, St. Neumann was pastor of this church for a time. This church was also the the first place where I was exposed to the Trindentine Mass (what it was called at the time I went!)

  67. Pater Clericus says:

    The National Schrine of Saint Odilia is located at the Crosier Father’s Monastery at Onamia, MN. She is the patroness of those afflicted with eye problems.

  68. irishgirl says:

    I know some other posters in NY have beaten me to it….but I’ll do it anyway…

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, and the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha in Fonda.

  69. James says:

    National Shrine of St. Ann, Metaire, LA (near New Orleans)

    The shrine Church isn’t very pretty, but the devotional area of the shrine is nice.

  70. John says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady of Charity (Patroness of Cuba) in Miami, Florida

  71. Chuck says:

    National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Doylestown, PA

  72. msproule says:

    National Shrine of the Cross in the Woods (Indian River, MI)

  73. joebe says:

    St. Odilo Parish, National Shrine of the Poor Souls, located at 2244 East Avenue in Berwyn, IL 60402, a suburb just west of Chicago.

    According to their bulletin, St. Odilo Church is the only parish in the United States dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory. It was founded and sanctioned as the Shrine of the Poor Souls by His Eminence, George Cardinal Mundelein, in 1928, with a special indulgence of 200 days granted upon each visit to the shrine.
    (with a regular EF Mass once a week)

  74. Denise says:

    I know that others have mentioned the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. I just wanted to remind those who might be in the D.C. area that the Shrine is celebrating a Jubilee Year with the 50th anniversary of its dedication in November 2009. Pope Benedict XVI has granted a plenary indulgence for making a pilgrimage to the shrine along with the general conditions of a plenary indulgence.

  75. Pawel Pojawa says:

    National Shrine of St. Andrew Bobola (Warsaw, Poland).

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