Welcome to the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia,
the Pearl in the Heart of Philadelphia.

Located in South Philadelphia just steps from the Broad Street Line and in sight of City Hall, The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia serves the nation. Here, we hold dear the values of our beloved Saint Rita of Cascia: peacemaking, healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

A Fond Farewell

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Our Shrine Director, Chesley Turner, will be stepping down from her role at the Shrine on August 13, 2019. Fr. Michael Di Gregorio, O.S.A., Prior Provincial for the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, announced the following:

Chesley has served the Province and the Shrine very well these past two years as the first lay director of Saint Rita Shrine. She began her ministry with us just as Saint Rita was transitioning from its status as a parish to its exclusive identity and mission as a shrine church. Her enthusiastic spirit, devotion and creative talent have helped to extend awareness of Saint Rita and her message to new audiences, especially among the young, while also expanding programs and spiritual activities for wider audiences of the faithful. Together with the several friars who collaborate in sacramental and spiritual services at Saint Rita, she has been a welcoming and gracious presence.

While I am saddened by her departure, I ask you to join me in congratulating her and wishing her well in her new position as Director of the Center for Church Management at Villanova Business School.


Watch It Again: Freedom Under Grace

On Tuesday, July 16th, 2019, Fr. Joe Farrell, O.S.A. shared an evening with us at the Shrine while on vacation from his role as Vicar General of the Worldwide Augustinian Order in Rome. Fr. Farrell gave a beautiful reflection on St. Augustine’s writings about living in freedom under the grace of God. Click here to view the recording on YouTube.


Our #RiseNShrine Tour

Watch Fr. Michael Di Gregorio and Fr. Bob Guessetto on a brief tour of the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, featured by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a Philadelphia-area Shrine.

#RiseNShrine #ShrinesOfAOP

The Cascia Center and Saint Rita Place is in the News!

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artist’s rendering of Saint Rita Place and the Cascia Center

The long-awaited plan to construct the National Shrine of Saint Rita’s Cascia Center to provide services affiliated with the mission and ministry of the Shrine is closer to fruition with a tax credit allocation of some $12 million for the development of Saint Rita Place. The Shrine is working in partnership with Catholic Housing and Community Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to construct a five-story mixed-use space with 46 one-bedroom apartments for income eligible seniors 62 and older, with the ground floor dedicated to the outreach ministries of Saint Rita Shrine. Construction of the $16.9 million project is anticipated to begin in Spring 2020. Join us as we pray for the success of this initiative, which will support our ministerial outreach and our neighbors!

Saint Rita is patroness of many things. Learn more!

Saint Rita is patroness of many things. Learn more!

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Promote the virtues of Saint Rita and support the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia by enrolling a loved one in the Saint Rita Society.

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The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia operates under the auspices of the
Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova.