JMJ Tours Presents:

Catholic Philadelphia Pilgrimage

Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church

Father James Gould

Monday, October 10, 2022

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul • Visit Saint Katherine Drexel • Saint John Neumann Shrine • National Shrine of Saint Rita

Only three hours by bus from the Washington D.C area, Philadelphia has a rich Catholic heritage with many splendid shrines and churches and was home to Saint John Neumann and Saint Katherine Drexel. An ideal day trip pilgrimage and a pleasant lunch in Philadelphia.

Pilgrimage highlights:

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary

Founded in 1832 by Reverend Francis Patrick Kenrick, third Bishop of Philadelphia, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is the oldest Catholic institution of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school is named after Charles Borromeo, an Italian saint from the Counter-Reformation. Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is considered a very special place not just to the Philadelphia community, but also to the entire country. Young men come from all across America, and even the world, to study under the historic roof of Saint Charles.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the principal church of the Diocese of Philadelphia. It is here that the bishop as local ordinary of the diocese has his throne (chair), called the cathedra. Open since 1864 and located at the East side of Logan Square on 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It is the largest brownstone structure in Philadelphia and the largest Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. The history of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is central to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. On August 2, 2018.

Saint Katherine Drexel

Saint Katherine Drexel

Saint Katharine Drexel is the second American-born person ever to be canonized. Born into tremendous wealth as part of the Drexel family, she gave up her life of privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891. She dedicated her life to serve the needs of African Americans and Native Americans, and inspired so many women, who joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, to follow her example.

Saint Katharine Drexel’s sacred remains were transferred from the Motherhouse of the Community she founded, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, to the Cathedral Basilica.

he National Shrine of Saint John Neumann in Philadelphia

National Shrine of Saint John Neumann

Saint John Neumann, the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia and the first American male to be canonized. Saint John Neumann was born in Prachatice in Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) on March 28, 1811. In 1840 he joined the Redemptorists, a religious congregation dedicated to parish and foreign missions, and later became superior to all Redemptorists in the United States. In 1852 Pope Pius IX named him bishop of Philadelphia. Neumann had a strong effect on the religious life of the United States by founding Catholic schools and promoting devotion to the Eucharist. He was devoted to education and was the first ecclesiastic to organize a diocesan school system.. Neumann was beatified during the Second Vatican Council on October 13, 1963, and was canonized on June 19, 1977. Pilgrims can visit the saint’s mortal remains on display under the altar behind glass and offer their prayers and requests for his intercession.

Saint Rita with Thorn in Philadeplhia

National Shrine of Saint Rita

Founded in 1907 by the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia is a Roman Catholic community of prayer and worship located in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Inspired by the life and witness of Saint Rita of Cascia. As one of the few saints who was a daughter, a wife, a mother, a widow, and an Augustinian nun, the unique story of Saint Rita’s life offers us a beautiful example of perseverance, hope, and deep faith in the face of uncertainty, loss, and suffering. The Shrine serves people from all walks of life as they encounter God in their midst.

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Pilgrimage includes:

  • Roundtrip Transportation – Luxury Motor Coach
  • Lunch in Philadelphia
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
  • Saint Katherine Drexel
  • National Shrine of Saints Johns Neumann
  • National Shrine of Saints Rita
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Philadelphia pilgrimage tentative itinerary :

  • 6:45 AM Departure from:
    Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church
  • 9:00 AM 20-Min Rest stop
    Delaware House
  • 10:30 AM Arrival
    Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
  • 12:00 PM Depart to visit
    Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
  • 1:30 – 2:45 PM Lunch
    Restaurant TBA
  • 2:45 PM Depart to visit
    Saint John Neumann Center
  • 3:45 PM Depart to visit
    National Shrine of Saint Rita
  • 5:00 PM Departure
    From Philadelphia to Purcellville
  • 9:00 PM Arrival
    Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church

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