Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Faith vacation ideas for day-trips in central Pennsylvania

By Caitlin Kerfin

PENNSYLVANIA---If you're looking for a vacation that recharges the body and soul, try visting some of the area's shrines and historic religious spots. Pennsylvania is known for its history in being a place for religious freedom, so there are plenty to choose from. [link]

Here are some of our favorites:
  1. The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a Catholic shrine for Our Blessed Mother Mary.
  2. The Sacred Heart Basilica, also known as Conewago Chapel, was built in 1741.
  3. The York Friends Meeting- Center for Quaker activities was built in 1766 and an addition was built a few years later, called "the new wing.
  4. Lancaster is home of the fourth oldest Jewish burial ground in North America.
  5. Conrad Beissel, founder of Ephrata, started his own Anabaptist congregation in the mid-18th century.
  6. Immaculate Conception Church in Allentown has the National Shrine Centre- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas inside.
  7. After visiting the parish that was dedicated by St. John Neumann, visit his shrine in the St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Philadelphia.