After the canonization of St. Katharine Drexel, there was a need to have a space where visitors could be welcomed. One of the original buildings on the grounds of the Motherhouse was renovated and new space added to it. The Mission Center opened in 2003.The Mission Center programs seek to promote the Gospel message of prayer and work for unity and community among all peoples. Those who visit are enabled and encouraged to bring St. Katharine Drexel’s vision of faith and justice to bear on the actions and attitudes of individuals, our nation, and, indeed, our world.
There is a covered drop-off for buses and cars and ample parking is available. Wheelchair accessible ramps lead into a bright lobby area where a large statue of St. Katharine greets pilgrims upon their arrival. The Shrine Gift Shop offers a variety of religious articles as well as items handmade by Sisters and volunteers.
The beautiful grounds surrounding the Shrine and Mission Center are open for a leisurely walk – you can find statues and grottos tucked in here and there beckoning you to stop and pray. A three-story stained glass window is a highlight of the Center and is visible from the road when illumined at night.
We offer multimedia presentations of the life, history and charism of St. Katharine Drexel in our 75 seat auditorium easily reached by stairs or elevator. We have an indoor café with snack and drink vending machines. Groups are invited to bring their own lunches or lunch can be provided at a reasonable cost. In nice weather, our patio is a perfect spot for eating!
Retreats and days of reflection can be tailored for your group – First Communion, Confirmation, American Saints, Angels and more. Contact us for information and to plan a group visit. We have experienced presenters or you may use our facilities with your own presenter.
The Shrine and Mission Center are easily accessible from I-95 and the PA Turnpike.