The Roman Catholic Shrines of The East Coast – Visit Eight States and 21 Shrines!

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
8 Days/7 Nights

Enjoy this amazing and one-of-a-kind trip to witness the Roman Catholic Shrines of The East Coast. This amazing outing takes you to 21 shrines located in 8 states!  Destinations include New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington and Pennsylvania.

Day One:

This outing begins with an early morning visit in Enfield, New Hampshire. Nearby overnight accommodations are available in both Rutland, VT and White River Junction, VT.

In Enfield, visit the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette. Founded in 1951, the La Salette Shrine, near Lake Mascoma, is a place of prayer and meditation in a natural setting of peace and beauty. The shrine is located in Lower Shaker Village, founded in 1782. The shrine provides a quiet, peaceful atmosphere, where visitors get in touch with the message of Mary’s apparition to the children.

Late afternoon arrive in Lowell, MA at the Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker. The Parish of St. Joseph was established in 1869 by Fr. Andre Marie Garin, OMI, to serve the needs of immigrants who worked in Lowell’s mills. Over the years, it evolved into a "Workers’ Shrine." It was rededicated by Richard Cardinal Cushing on the Feasts of the Ascension, to St. Joseph, Patron of Workers.

Boston- Italian North EndAfter a busy day of touring and traveling, arrive at your Boston area hotel early evening. Once you have had a chance to relax and refresh you will be treated to dinner in Boston’s oldest Italian restaurant. The hearty fare and old-world atmosphere offers a sweet reward at the end of your first day.

Day Two:

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you depart on your next day of discovery. Travel a short distance and arrive at the Shrine of St. Theresa of Liseux in Boylston, MA. This outdoor shrine was constructed in 1997 to commemorate the Centenary of the death of St. Theresa and coincided with her proclamations as a Doctor of the Church.

From Boylston, head south to Attleboro and stop for lunch on your own along the way. Arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady LaSalette, where you may enjoy the peace and solitude of the grounds, walk around Rosary Pond, or meditate on the Passion of Jesus in the Stations of the Cross Garden.

This afternoon, travel west to Litchfield, CT and arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Conducted by Monfort Missionionaries, this 35-acre shrine offers a replica of the grotto at Lourdes in France, Stations of the Cross and a gift shop.

Continue on to Secaucus, NJ and check into your hotel. Once you have relaxed and refreshed, enjoy dinner on your own in a nearby restaurant.

Day Three:

A hearty breakfast, served in the hotel, prepares you for your busy day. Travel into the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, to the St. Francis Cabrini Chapel. The Chapel houses the most precious remains of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. The Shrine is a center of welcome for new immigrants and pilgrims of many nationalities. After your visit at the Shrine, if you wish, stop at the Cloisters, or continue into Times Square and have lunch on your own in the City.

Just a short drive over the bridge, leads you to the National Shrine of St. Gerard at St. Lucy’s Church in Newark. The St. Gerard Chapel has been dedicated as a national shrine. The glorious artwork on the chapel’s ceiling instantly reminds you of a place of peace and God’s love.

Your last stop in New Jersey, is at the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, located on 150 acres. This architectural embodiment of the faith and devotion of pilgrims, hosts more than 50,000 pilgrims annually. The Shrine is dedicated to the message of Fatima.

Travel to Frederick, MD where you will arrive early evening. Check into your hotel and relax before dinner. Dinner is at your leisure at a nearby restaurant.

Day Four:

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel and prepare for a little southern hospitality. Begin the day in Emmitsburg, at the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, the oldest known replica of the revered French shrine, dating to about 1875.

Right near by, visit the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Seton. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born, Saint of the United States of America. You will want to spend time at this site, as the grounds are beautiful and loaded with historic buildings. There is no food service at the Shrine, however you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds.

Basillica to the Shrine of the Immaculate ConceptionThe last visit for today is in the fabulous City of Baltimore at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, America’s first cathedral. Referred to by Pope John Paul II as "the world-wide symbol of religious freedom." This Shrine is a National Historic Landmark and co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Arrive at your Baltimore hotel. Take a swim in the outdoor pool, visit the nearby Inner Harbor area, or the outstanding National Aquarium. Then you are off for tastes of Baltimore, with dinner on your own in one of the many fabulous restaurants.

Day Five:

A full, hot breakfast in the hotel readies you for today’s adventure in our nation’s capitol. Arrive at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States and North America. This is also one of the ten largest churches in the world! Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception. It is oftentimes affectionately referred to as America’s Catholic Church. The Basilica, is renowned for its unique architecture and the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world. Based on availability, attend a Shrine Mass. Have lunch on your own in DC.

Travel northeast to Philadelphia and arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal. The chapel was built in 1875 in Pennsylvania’s historic section of Germantown.

Late afternoon arrive at your Philadelphia hotel. Take a swim in the pool or just relax. Enjoy dinner at your leisure at a near by restaurant. Here’s your chance to try the renown "Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich!"

Day Six:

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel before you depart to visit three landmark shrines! The National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, is tied both to the story of Italian immigration to the United States and to popular religious devotion at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Next, visit the National Shrine of St. John Neumann, St. Peter the Apostle. In 1860, Saint John Neumann was buried in the floor of the basement of a spacious baroque church that was built in 1843. The Parish of Saint Peter’s has always been the host of devotion to Saint John Neumann.

Have lunch on your own in Philadelphia, before we travel north to Laflin, PA and arrive at the Shrine of St. Maria Goretti. St. Maria is known as the patroness of youth, young women, purity and victims of rape. There isn’t much to say about St. Maria Goretti because she died when she was 12 years old. Maria was declared a Saint in 1950.

Travel a short distance to your Wilkes Barre area hotel where you will overnight. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day Seven:

After breakfast in the hotel, begin your northbound travels and arrive in Scranton, PA. We visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, a Roman Catholic minor basilica. The basilica is the site of an annual solemn novena in honor of St. Ann, and is attended by thousands of pilgrims every year.

We cross the border and head in to Sloatsburg, NY, to the Holy Dormition Grotto. With a natural rock outcrop on the property, in the 1950’s it was decided to create a beautiful grotto modeled after the grotto at Lourdes, France. Both the grotto and the outdoor Stations of the Cross, were designed by the famed architect, Brother Cajetan J.B. Baumann.

Our last stop for the day is at the National Shrine of Mary in West Haverstraw, NY. This shrine and retreat center encompasses over 200 acres and features an Italian marble rosary way, a replica of the St. John Bosco birthplace, a 48-food statue of the Madonna, a 15-station rosary walk and more!

Travel to Albany where you will overnight. Celebrate your discoveries, and new knowledge at a farewell dinner. Reflect on your trip in the warm and friendly atmosphere in one of Albany’s most unique venues.

Day Eight:

Embark on your last day of touring, after breakfast in the hotel. Travel to Fonda, NY and arrive at the National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Kateri was a Mohawk-Algonquian woman and an early convert to Christianity. She has been beatified in the Roman Catholic Church. A tombstone and statue are at the site of the only fully excavated Iroquois village.

The last shrine you will visit is the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY. This site was once a 17th Century Mohawk village, called Ossernenon, where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. Father Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, a Jesuit brother, and John Lalande, a lay missioner, are the only canonized American martyrs. The Shrine is comprised of 400 acres of flowered landscapes, five chapels, two museums, outdoor Stations of the Cross and Visitor Center.

Depart for home after your last visit.

Details

Your Package Includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Visit the Following Shrines:
    • Shrine of our Lady of La Salette
    • Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker
    • Shrine of St. Theresea of Liseux
    • Shrine of our Lady La Salette
    • Shrine of our LAdy Lourdes
    • St. Francis  Cabrini Chapel
    • National Shrine of St.  Gerard
    • Immaculate Heart of Mary
    • National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes
    • National Shrine of St.  Elizabeth Seton
    • National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
    • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    • Shrine of out Lady of Miraculous Medal
    • National Shrine of St. John Neumann
    • Shrine of St. Maria Goretti
    • Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann
    • Holy Dorrmition Grotto
    • National Shrine of Mary
    • National Shrine of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha
    • National Shrine of the North American Martyrs
  • Roundtrip motor coach transportation
  • Accommodations and breakfast for the coach driver
  • Taxes and Gratuities (NOTE: Gratuities for the coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service. Gratuities may be included upon request.)

Packages Available: Spring, Summer and Fall
Tour Length:
8 Days/7 Nights

Pricing Information:

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