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St. John Paul II was seen by millions of people, and billions would say that he changed their lives.  In the spirit of our patron, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine regularly hosts dynamic events focused on spiritual formation, days of retreat, and special liturgical celebrations.  These special events range from World Youth Day Unite for young adults and young families to our Domestic Church Day retreats for married couples and their children.  The Shrine has also hosted important events in the life of the Church, such as the unveiling of the canonization portrait of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Be sure to regularly check this site for updates on what is happening at the Shrine, and we hope that you will join us for a future event!


Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of MercyCongregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy

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On Oct. 18, 2016, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomed two members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the staff of the Shrine. Sister Donata Farbaniec and Sister Gaudia Skass, both from their order’s house in Kraków, Poland, will work with our many pilgrimage groups and share the powerful message of Divine Mercy. As part of their work, the sisters will also lead the Prayer at the Hour of Mercy followed by the Chaplet to Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. every day.

On Oct. 18, 2016, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomed two members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the staff of the Shrine. Sister Donata Farbaniec and...

On Oct. 18, 2016, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomed two members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the staff of the Shrine. Sister Donata Farbaniec and Sister Gaudia Skass, both from their order’s house in Kraków, Poland, will work with our many pilgrimage groups and share the powerful message of Divine Mercy. As part of their work, the sisters will also lead...

On Oct. 18, 2016, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomed two members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the staff of...

On Oct. 18, 2016, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomed two members of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to the staff of...

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JP2 Statue with Supreme Knight Carl AndersonJP2 Statue with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

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Two beautiful liturgies, Eucharistic adoration, moving testimonials, and the unveiling of a new statue were some of the highlights of the celebration of the feast day of St. John Paul II on October 22, 2016.

Two beautiful liturgies, Eucharistic adoration, moving testimonials, and the unveiling of a new statue were some of the highlights of the celebration of the feast day of St. John Paul II on...

Two beautiful liturgies, Eucharistic adoration, moving testimonials, and the unveiling of a new statue were some of the highlights of the celebration of the feast day of St. John Paul II on October 22, 2016.

Two beautiful liturgies, Eucharistic adoration, moving testimonials, and the unveiling of a new statue were some of the highlights of the celebration of...

Two beautiful liturgies, Eucharistic adoration, moving testimonials, and the unveiling of a new statue were some of the highlights of the celebration of...

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Saint Thomas More exhibit at JP2 ShrineSaint Thomas More exhibit at JP2 Shrine

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A new landmark exhibit on Thomas More, the English martyr whom St. John Paul II declared the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, opened at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on Sept. 16, 2016. The exhibit, God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More, explores the life of the former Lord Chancellor of England who was executed during King Henry VIII’s reign for refusing to recognize the King’s self-declared supremacy over the Church in England.

A new landmark exhibit on Thomas More, the English martyr whom St. John Paul II declared the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, opened at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on...

A new landmark exhibit on Thomas More, the English martyr whom St. John Paul II declared the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, opened at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine on Sept. 16, 2016. The exhibit, God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More, explores the life of the former Lord Chancellor of England who was executed during King Henry VIII’s reign for refusing...

A new landmark exhibit on Thomas More, the English martyr whom St. John Paul II declared the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, opened at the...

A new landmark exhibit on Thomas More, the English martyr whom St. John Paul II declared the heavenly Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, opened at the...

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Unveiling of St. Teresa portrait at JP2 ShrineUnveiling of St. Teresa portrait at JP2 Shrine

CANONIZATION PORTRAIT OF ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA UNVEILED CANONIZATION PORTRAIT OF ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA UNVEILED CANONIZATION PORTRAIT OF ST. TERESA OF CALCUTTA UNVEILED CANONIZATION PORTRAIT OF ST.... CANONIZATION PORTRAIT OF ST....

Mother Teresa referred to February 3, 1986 as the happiest day of her life. On that day, Pope John Paul II visited the slums of Calcutta, where she and her fellow Missionaries of Charity cared for the poorest of the poor: the discarded and lonely people left to die in the streets. Mother Teresa clearly rejoiced in St. John Paul II’s great love for her people. His every action was of a loving and encouraging father. The Missionaries’ home for the dying, he said, “proclaims the profound dignity of every human person,” a dignity that “comes from God our Creator in whose image we are all made.”

Mother Teresa referred to February 3, 1986 as the happiest day of her life. On that day, Pope John Paul II visited the slums of Calcutta, where she and her fellow Missionaries of Charity cared...

Mother Teresa referred to February 3, 1986 as the happiest day of her life. On that day, Pope John Paul II visited the slums of Calcutta, where she and her fellow Missionaries of Charity cared for the poorest of the poor: the discarded and lonely people left to die in the streets. Mother Teresa clearly rejoiced in St. John Paul II’s great love for her people. His every action was of a loving and...

Mother Teresa referred to February 3, 1986 as the happiest day of her life. On that day, Pope John Paul II visited the slums of Calcutta, where she and her...

Mother Teresa referred to February 3, 1986 as the happiest day of her life. On that day, Pope John Paul II visited the slums of Calcutta, where she and her...

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