Pilgrimages

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We invite you to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia to experience the peace and serenity modeled by our remarkable Saint Rita, a woman whose faith empowered her to overcome the horror of a murdered husband and the tragic death of her sons. Her faith sustained her as a wife, mother, widow, and nun, meeting every challenge with firm trust in God's will. 

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During your visit, we encourage you to take advantage of the many devotional options afforded by our beautiful Shrine.

  • Mass
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Private Prayer
  • Reconciliation
  • Novena Prayers and Veneration of the Relic (on Wednesdays or by special arrangement)
  • Shrine Tours
  • Gift Shop visit

Looking for something more? Ask about experiencing a Day of Recollection, including a talk and a group discussion by one of our Augustinian Friars. Some of the most popular topics offered include: Healing and Faith, Reconciliation and Peacemaking, Perseverance in the Face of Tragedy, Faith and Acceptance.


Dear devoted pilgrims,

The saint of Cascia is at one and the same time the ‘strong woman’ and the ‘wise virgin’ presented to us by Holy Scripture who, in every state of life, indicates - and not just in words - what is the authentic way to sanctity as a faithful follower of Christ right up to the cross.

Rita offers her rose to each of you: in receiving it spiritually, strive to live as witnesses to a hope that never disappoints and as missionaries of a life that conquers death. Let it symbolize a life sustained by passionate love for the Lord Jesus, a life capable of responding to suffering and to thorns with forgiveness and the total gift of self, in order to spread everywhere the good odor of Christ through a consistently lived proclamation of the Gospel.
— Pope St. John Paul II

Interested in a Pilgrimage?

We often welcome large tour groups on pilgrimages or holy site tours in the Philadelphia area.

If you are interested in bringing a large group to the Shrine, please complete the form at right. We'll reach out to you to request more information and finalize the details!

Or, call our office at 215.546.8333

Please note:

Once you complete this form, someone from the Shrine Office will contact you. Please do not assume your visit is scheduled until you have personal confirmation from a Shrine employee.

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