Tennessee is truly a dream US state to explore for some. The natural beauty, architecture, and heritage entice people to wander and discover the place. Aside from these, it is also famous because of its Catholic background which is evident in its Catholic Churches including Cathedrals, Shrines, and other Spiritual Centers. In this blog post, we will list down some of the most beautiful Catholic Shrines in Tennessee, that you should consider visiting. We will tour each for your travel reference. So the time you’d visit, you’d come ready.
Here are the must-see Catholic Shrines in Tennessee.
St. Martin de Porres National Shrine and Institute
Let’s start our virtual tour with St. Martin de Porres National Shrine and Institute. The history of this Shrine goes back to 1936. Its foundation was in Columbia, South Carolina. It was then moved to Louisiana in 1996. In Memphis, Tennesse, a Shrine Chapel in St. Peter Church was dedicated in honor of St. Martin de Porres. It gained National Shrine status in 2015. The term Institute was to include cultural and educational activities. Under the care of Dominicans, the Shrine has remarkable icons representing the ministry of St. Martin. It also has a relic housed in an intricate vessel. In addition, there are candle areas around the Chapel perfect for praying. It holds Mass and confessions too. If you are visiting Memphis, this should be on top of your bucket list.
Shrine of St. Faustina of the Divine Mercy
Our next holy destination is the Shrine of St. Faustina of the Divine Mercy. Located in St. Ann Catholic Church, Bartlett, Tennessee, was established in 2011 and is under the administration of the Society of St. Faustina of the Divine Mercy. It is a place of interest especially if you are devoted to the Divine Mercy. The Shrine is specifically situated in St. Joachim Chapel where the daily Holy Hour of Mercy happens at 3 PM on a daily basis before the Blessed Sacrament while praying the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Stations of the Cross. There is also a Sacrament of Confession going regularly. Most importantly, the Shrine has a first-class relic of St. Faustina for veneration. Another hidden gem in Tennessee, this is truly worthy of your visit.
Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor
Last but definitely not least is the Shrine of Our Lady Virgin of the Poor. Nestled in the green field of rural New Hope, Tennessee, it is a replica structure in honor of the apparitions of Our Lady of Banneux of Belgium which was dedicated in 1982. A stunning work of art away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it features architecture that exudes a quaint look. On the outside is a mosaic of the apparition of the Lady. Inside, there is another mosaic depicting the crucified Jesus giving St. John His mother. The Shrine also has a statue of the Virgin which was acquired from Banneux. There are also Stations of the Cross and walk-around Rosary where you can have a silent moment. This is such a relaxing and contemplative sacred space to visit in Tennessee.
There you have the must-visit Catholic Shrines in Tennessee.
Visiting Shrines is a great way to nourish our Catholic faith. It strengthens our relationship with God and inspires us to be more holy. Tennessee offers these gorgeous pilgrimage sites that can raise our souls up. With their historical significance, breathtaking built, and religious assets, people from different walks of life would absolutely improve their spirituality by visiting these jewels.
May you have a fruitful and holy journey.
Pray, travel, and enjoy!