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NASPA Annual Convention 2022
“What Shrines Do Best”


Tuesday, September 20

  • 3:00 p.m. - Check in for lodgers (Retreat House)

  • 6:00 p.m. - Dinner (Retreat House)

  • 7:00 p.m. - Opening Keynote Address, Fr. Justin Cinnante, O.Carm, after dinner (Retreat House)

  • 9:00 p.m. - Holy Hour of Adoration and veneration of relics (Retreat House Chapel)

    • Blessed Carlos Acutis

    • St. Manuel González García - “Bishop of the Abandoned Tabernacle”


Wednesday, September 21

  • 7:00 a.m. - Mass

  • 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast

  • 8:30-10:00 a.m. - Session #1 (Retreat House)

    • Robert Yates and Deacon Bernie - Security in Sacred Spaces

  • 10-10:30 a.m. - Break

  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Session #2 (Retreat House)

    • Brother Gregg Durham, O.Carm - "Appreciating Beauty and Aesthetics as a Path to Prayer"

  • 12:00 p.m. - Break for lunch

  • 2:00 pm - Mosaic Tour and Divine Mercy Chaplet at the Shrine of John Paul II / Dinner on own


Thursday, September 22

  • 7:00 a.m. - Mass

  • 7:45 a.m. - Breakfast

  • 8:30-10:00 a.m. - Session #3 (Retreat House)

  • Fr. Gomez - Shrine Hospitality

  • 10-10:30 a.m. - Break

  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Session #4 (Retreat House)

    • Dr. Jem Sullivan - Sacred Art and Architecture - How shrines can evangelize and catechize through their sacred spaces

  • 12-12:30 p.m. - Break

  • 12:30-2:00 p.m. - NASPA Business Meeting, with lunch (USCCB)

  • 2:00 p.m. - Conclude


Join NASPA shrines across the country as we prepare for the Eucharistic Revival launch on Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022.  Bishop Cozzens asks Shrines to partake in the launch by hosting 40 hours of adoration or organizing a procession. Please read his full letter below.

“...Shrines…express an irreplaceable opportunity for evangelization in our time.”  

-Pope Francis

We are all pilgrims on a journey, in pursuit of a deeper relationship with God.  Across the United States, Catholic Shrines stand as beacons of faith. Within Shrine grounds we find examples of the overwhelming presence of God and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Look to the exquisite artistry of faith-filled artisans, the awe-inspiring nature, the practice of sacraments as outward signs of inner faith, and the quiet respite in which we hear the still, small voice of God as it whispers in our hearts.

Making pilgrimage to a Shrine is an opportunity for you to reconnect, revitalize, and renew your faith. We welcome all pilgrims, whether you are firm in your beliefs or still wondering what Catholicism has to offer you. Come to learn more about the holy men and women who have walked before you. Come to learn more about the path you are called to walk.


As national network connecting shrines, pilgrimages and journeys of faith, NASPA works to:

Renew understanding of shrines as key to the new evangelization, Inspire interest in pilgrimages as part of a journey of faith, and Serve the teams who directly minister to visitors.


NASPA's recent webinar, Ready to Welcome with Patrick Diener, CFRE, Director of Charitable Giving for the Knights of Columbus. is now available to stream! Hear from the NASPA team about best practices for setting a strategy, planning for the future, and the true heart of stewardship.

NASPA's 2020 Virtual Convention featured a variety of speakers in keeping with the theme "To Serve the New Evangelization." Click the link below for the full list of speakers and videos. Watch our Keynote speaker John Paul Lichon talk about his life-transforming experience on pilgimage. 

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