Teachers’ Retreats | The National Shrine of St. John Neumann

Teachers’ Retreats

We invite and encourage Catholic schoolteachers and principals in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to make pilgrimage to our Shrine and to immerse yourselves in a daylong retreat experience centered on the virtues of St. John Neumann and the charism of the Redemptorists. The Passion, the Cross, the Eucharist, and Mary provide a varied framework for the central teachings offered during each of our day retreats.

St. John Neumann was a humble priest and bishop with a steadfast approach to his ministry for the parishioners in his care, the religious he brought to begin our parochial school system, the children he desired to educate, and the immigrants he welcomed and prayed for throughout his large diocese.

When you arrange a day retreat with us, we can offer a balanced schedule of Mass, private prayer, opportunities for confession and the rosary, information about St. John Neumann, two teaching sessions with a Redemptorist, and opportunities for small-group discussion.

Embracing the full Shrine experience could also include a visit to our museum, the upper church, the gift shop, and time in our new atrium for contemplation and meditation. Our new events center will provide you with a beautiful, private, and peaceful location to renew your commitment to serve those in your care!

For more information, contact Deborah Binder, Assistant Shrine Director, 215-627-3080, extension 115.


9 a.m.          Meet priest in Atrium of Shrine for welcome and tour of Shrine church and upper church
10:15 a.m.   First talk in Mother Caroline Room with Redemptorist priest
11:15 a.m.   Rosary, confession, Mass, novena, and veneration of relic
1 p.m.          Lunch in Mother Caroline Room; second talk in Mother Caroline Room with Redemptorist priest
2:30 p.m.     Blessing and end of day

Shrine address: 1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Parking: Retreatants may use our gated free lot on Girard Street and Lawrence.

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