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Shrines of Bucks County
Located just 25 miles outside Philadelphia, Bucks County is the perfect place to take a pilgrimage or expand your knowledge of the diverse religions that call Pennsylvania home. From ornately decorated Buddhist temples to shrines housing the entombed remains of local saints, Bucks County is a must-visit location.
Just a short drive from the National Shrine of Saint Katharine Drexel is a beautiful and ornate Thai Buddhist temple. Mongkoltepmunee Temple, also known as Wat Mongkoltepmunee, was established in 1984 as a Buddhist centerpiece for the region. Special ceremonies and cultural programs are offered for people of all ages, genders, religions, races and nationalities. Built in classical Thai architecture style with a red, angled roof and bright golden trim, the Temple is open daily for visits, meditation sessions and a variety of special events.
Gianna Beretta Molla dedicated her life to enlightening people to the importance of the Christian family. After earning her medical degree, Beretta became a pediatric specialist. She died just days after giving birth to her first and only child. After her death, she became the first canonized woman physician and professional who was also a "working mom" and has since been revered for her heroic virtues in children and families. Beretta has been named as one of two Patron Saints of the Papal Visit. The Shrine of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla is open daily at the Nativity of Our Lord Parish.
An iconic landmark, the Bryn Athyn Cathedral is known for its unique, Gothic style and architecture. Stunning stained glass windows line the walls, picturing biblical figures on an epic scale. You can tour the space daily, with or without a guide, from 1-4pm.
Located in Furlong, Temple Judea of Bucks County is a Reform congregation serving the Jewish community of Central Bucks and Eastern Montgomery counties. After founding the first synagogue in Doylestown in the spring of 1959, the congregation went on to build a two-story synagogue spanning 18,000 square feet. In addition to regular worship services and programs, Temple Judea also offers a variety of educational classes for adults interested in learning more about Jewish history, culture and practice.
Established to reconnect Polish-Americans with their Catholic roots, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown serves as America's link to Poland's most sacred religious icon, the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. The Shrine includes a replica of the Polish chapel that houses the original relic, an exhibition hall filled with beautiful artwork and religious artifacts and a large cafeteria with private seating for groups.
Few iconic women from the area were more concerned with the welfare of family than Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck. Today, visitors are welcome to take guided tours of her former home, a registered National Historic Landmark. Among the collection at the Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site is a cultural center highlighting the important work Buck did to raise awareness of the rights of women and minority groups, especially children of Eastern European cultures.