Pilgrimages & Retreats | The National Shrine of St. John Neumann

Pilgrimages & Retreats

We encourage you to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. John Neumann and the Church of St. Peter the Apostle to spend some peaceful time in prayer and contemplation and to learn more about St. John Neumann and the Redemptorist charism. To assist you with your decision-making and planning, here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about our pilgrimages.

If you’re planning a more extensive retreat, click to learn more about fees for the use of the St. John Neumann Center.

Click to learn more about our retreats for teachers and for religious sisters.

View or download a map of our facilities.

How do I schedule a pilgrimage for my group?

To schedule a pilgrimage for 10 or more people, email us or call us at 215-627-3080, extension 115.

We encourage groups with fewer than 10 people to use our “Guide by Cell” feature, which is available for tours of the upper church and the Shrine (lower church) and uses your own mobile phone. Learn more about the “Guide by Cell” tour here.

When can my group come to the Shrine?

Group tours may be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Guided tours are not available on Sundays, but any time the Shrine is open, your group is welcome to take a self-guided audio tour, using individuals’ mobile phones. Learn more about the “Guide by Cell” tour here.

What is available for my group to do while visiting the Shrine?

We work with each pilgrim group to develop a personalized schedule that meets your needs. Depending on how much time you choose to spend at the Shrine, you can partake in all or some of the following: daily Mass with relic veneration and novena, confession, rosary, tours of the upper church and Shrine (lower church), viewing of a 15-minute video re-enacting a local miracle, a museum tour, praying in any part of our shrine, and visiting our gift shop.

How much time does a pilgrimage take?

Length of stay is a personal decision, and movement from one place to another takes more time as a group’s size increases. At most, a longer, slower-paced prayerful retreat experience could last four hours. Engaging in everything we have to offer can be accomplished at a comfortable pace in three hours. Making a pilgrimage in two hours is also possible, and we will help you decide what you can accomplish, given the size of your group. Brief pilgrimage visits lasting an hour usually include only tours of the upper and lower churches.

Can my group eat lunch at the Shrine?

Yes. St. John Neumann Center, a beautiful, spacious events facility located in our complex, is available for groups for lunch. Groups may bring their own brown-bag lunches or may choose to have lunch catered in the center. Click to learn more about fees associated with using the center for lunch.

Is there a charge to bring my group to the Shrine?

No. The Shrine operates on freewill donations. There is no charge for any of the activities your group engages in while visiting. We encourage your group to make a donation that is significant for you. The offering is for the upkeep of the Shrine and should be given to the priest directing the tour.

Do you have parking at the Shrine?

Yes. Please click to view or download our parking map for information about all free parking lots owned by the Shrine. We ask all buses to park in the Girard Street lot across from the Shrine.