Pilgrimage in the United States
and other sites in Canada
Catholic Pilgrimage to the United States and Canada
You don’t have to travel far to experience majestic pilgrimage sites. See how Catholicism shaped the earliest settlements of North America in Canada. Follow in the footsteps of the Spanish missionaries along the California Mission Trail. Venerate the early American saints and learn of the history of Catholicism in the early years of the United States. A domestic pilgrimage is a local journey with far-reaching spiritual rewards.
"I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him"
- St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
Catholics have been in the region of the United States since colonial times. From the establishment of the first Catholic diocese in Baltimore to Massachusetts’s Shrine of Divine Mercy’s completion in 1950, Catholic history spans the centuries along the Eastern Seaboard. Out West, the California missions create a majestic string of pilgrimage sites that stretch from the Mexican border to north of San Francisco.
Betsy Ross House
This modest home located on Arch Street is believed by many to be the home in which Betsy Ross lived and created the first American flag. In its earliest days, the home was used as a shop on the first floor with families renting the upper two floors for living spaces.
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Built during severe persecution of Catholics after the birth of our nation, the cathedral is a response to the widely held prejudices against the faithful of the time. Today, it stands as a beacon of hope and a sign of perseverance through adversity.
Once the site of the home of Benjamin Franklin and his family, today the court houses a museum and a steel structure that stands where the original house once stood. It was occupied by Franklin until 1790, when it was then used as a boarding house, academy, coffee house, and hotel. The original home was torn down in 1811.
Arlington National Cemetery
Within the grounds of one of the oldest cemeteries in the US are the remains of more than 14,000 veterans and memorials to some the nation’s greatest heroes. Perhaps most famous is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded 24/7 in honor of all those who have fallen anonymously.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Since the foundation stone was laid in 1920, the basilica has been steadily worked on throughout the last century due to the generosity of the faithful of the United States. It was dedicated in 1959 and pays tribute to the different ways Our Lady is venerated in the various cultures that form the American melting pot.
President George Washington chose the area in 1791 to be developed as the center of the United States government and laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol Building in 1793. Home not only to the Senate and House of Representatives, the Hill has grown to include the Library of Congress, the Capitol Power Plant, the US Botanic Gardens, and the Supreme Court, in addition to residential and commercial developments.
"Be attentive to the voice of grace"
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Learn about the Founders and Martyrs of Canadian Catholicism. Venerate the saints whose shrines dot the banks of the St. Lawrence River, visit one of the oldest French settlements in Canada, and discover the beauty of the numerous churches dedicated to Our Lady.
"Put yourself in God’s hands. He abandons no one."
- St. Andre Bessette
Why Choose Tekton?
Tekton Ministries has been leading Catholic pilgrimages for more than 20 years. We work and listen closely to our priests and pilgrimage leaders to create thoughtfully planned itineraries. We help make the Catholic faith more tangible to your daily life by taking you where the seeds of Catholicism were first planted to be spread across the world. Daily Mass and time for prayerful reflection are important parts of each day’s experience.
|20+ Years in Ministry|
|True pilgrimage – not religious tours|
|Authentic Catholic experiences|
|Inclusive, competitive pricing|
|Properly paced itineraries include daily Mass and time for reflection|
|Only Catholic/Christian guides|
|Prayerful pre-pilgrimage preparation|
|Custom guidebooks, name and luggage tags|
|Local offices and support worldwide|
|Free pilgrimage promotion materials|
|Easy online registration means no extra effort for your busy staff|