Bucks County

 

National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel 

Born in Philadelphia in 1858, Katharine Drexel was a wealthy heiress who gave up her fortune to serve those in need. She joined the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, supported the poor and built schools for African Americans and Native Americans.

The National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, where she lived and worked, is dedicated to the life and mission of one of America's first saints by offering a peaceful place for people to pray, relax and learn. 

Katharine Drexel was canonized in 2000 after two different eardrum healing miracles. 

During daily site visits at the shrine and mission center, groups can learn more about the miracles, tour the more than a century-old chapel, ask the sisters to pray for a specific need, eat at the indoor cafe or on the outside patio and see religious artifacts including the entombed remains of Saint Katharine Drexel, who died in 1955. 

Visitors can explore the gift shop that features items from Rwanda, Native American articles, books, videos and crafts made by local artisans and volunteers. The facility also offers ample parking, elevators, an auditorium and separate room ideal for meetings

If you're looking for a beautiful location for wedding photos, the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament provide their campus as a service to the community. 

Guests can also visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestchowa in Doylestown and check out the Bucks County Visitor Center on Street Road in Bensalem for other things to see and do in the county, like touring the Bucks County Wine Trail.