Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Pilgrimage... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For our next excursion we are going to travel to the “city of brotherly love” Philadelphia.  There are many nationally historic places to see there but did you know that there are also many Catholic things to see there as well.  For this pilgrimage we are going to go to three shrines, see two saints, one uncorrupted body laying in the altar and get a real Philly cheese steak.

In the city...

National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia
Our first stop on the tour will be at the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia.  The hundred year old church is a good first stop into south Philadelphia.  Learn more about the life of St. Rita as well as why she is the patron saint of impossible causes.  See the relics and statues in the shrine and light a candle for your own impossible cause.
The St. Rita shrine is located at 1166 So. Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19146

National Shrine of St. John Neumann

The National Shrine of St. John Neumann is located in the lower church of St. Peter the Apostle Church at 1019 North 5th Street.  The church is historic, beautiful and ornate in design having been built in the mid 1800’s The best part about this shrine is that you actually get to see St. John Neumann, he is in the glass altar in the lower church.  Having visited this shrine before it seems like a nondescript lower church until you realize there is a saint in the altar.  Next to  the lower church is a small museum, which displays exhibits relating to the life of the saint. There are very few places in the United States that you can see the body of a saint if you are in Philadelphia this is worth the trip.

The National Shrine of St. John Neumann located at 1019 North Fifth St. Philadelphia, PA 19123

Miraculous Medal Shrine
The Miraculous Medal Shrine is located in northwest Philadelphia.  This is a beautiful shrine devoted to Mary and the miraculous medal.  

Miraculous Medal located 500 E Chelten Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Outside town but worth the drive…

National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel

Located outside of Philadelphia about a 20 minute drive up 95 is the Mission Center and national Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel.  The shrine tells the story of Katharine Drexel thought artifacts and photos of her life.  St. Katharine Drexel’s remains are also entombed at the shine on the lower level below the altar of the St. Elizabeth’s Chapel above.   

National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel 1663 Bristol Pike, Bensalem, PA 19020

How ‘bout a cheesesteak

No trip to Philly can be complete without a authentic South Philly Cheesesteak.  There are two main landmark establishments to get a Cheesesteak sandwich and the argument over which is better goes on and on.  I will state they are both delicious and you can’t go wrong with either Though they are geared for tourist to eat and tell other that they ate there (or where Rocky ate in the movie)

Geno’s Steaks
1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Pat's King of Steaks
1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147


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