Baltimore Catholic Heritage Sites

The Catholic story in America began in Maryland and Baltimore is home to some of the most significant heritage sites in the nation. Explore these important spiritual sites on your own or plan an itinerary to visit multiple sites.

Heritage Site Information

St. Jude Shrine

  • Veneration of the Relic of St. Jude
  • Only Nationwide House of Worship in Baltimore dedicated to St. Jude
  • Novenas, Rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament weekly
  • Museum dedicated to Pallottine Priests and Brothers
  • Building  in Greek Revival style,  designed by John Lewis Hayes in 1846

Baltimore Basilica

  • America’s First Cathedral
  • Site of authorization of the Baltimore Catechism
  • Venerable Michael McGivney, founder of Knights of Columbus, ordained here
  • Designed by Benjamin Latrobe (US Capitol)
  • More than 30 bishops ordained here

St. Mary's

  • First example of Neo-Gothic Architecture in the United States
  • Home of the First Roman Catholic Seminary in the U.S.A.
  • Home of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton (17th Century home preserved)
  • Beginning of the First African American Roman Catholic parish (Lower Chapel)

Mount Calvary

  • Designed by local architect Robert Cary Long Jr. in emergent Neo-Gothic style
  • The newest Catholic Parish in the city!
  • First daily mass in Episcopal Church
  • Andover-Flentrop organ is the first in a national renaissance of tracker organs
  • First American parish in the Oxford Movement of Bl. John Henry Newman
  • Unique restored altarpriece by American artist John LaFarge
  • First racially integrated church in Baltimore

St. Alphonsus

  • Traditional Latin Mass parish
  • Designed by local architect Robert Cary Long Jr. in Southern German Gothic style
  • Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos lived here
  • Richly ornamented with 84 statues
  • Saint John Neumann was named Pastor here in 1849 and was consecrated Bishop of Philadelphia here

Shrine of St Anthony

  • 310 acres of rolling hills and woodlands
  • Chapel with reliquary of St. Anthony
  • Outdoor Grotto to our Lady,
  • Outdoor Stations of the Cross,
  • Open-air Shrine to St. Maximilian Kolbe

Seton Shrine

  • Visitor Center with museum and gift shop
  • Basilica where St. Elizabeth Ann’s remains are entombed
  • Guided tours of the two historic homes where St. Elizabeth Ann lived and worked

National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

  • 95-foot tower topped with a gold-leafed bronze statue of the Blessed Mother
  • Mother Teresa Garden
  • Outdoor Stations of the Cross
  • Oldest US replica of the Grotto of Lourdes in France
  • Corpus Christi Chapel ​
  • Collect Grotto Water
  • Daily Mass, weekly adoration
  • Visitor Center and St. Bernadette’s Gift Shoppe
  • Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton attended Mass here weekly
  • Blessed Stanley Rother, first US born priest and martyr lived and prayed here

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