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101 Places To Pray Before You Die In the United States, And Our Shrine Is One Of Them!

In case you have not heard: OLPH Shrine, Olympia, Washington, has been selected as one of the 101 places to pray before you die by Thomas J. Craughwell, a "roamin' Catholic" author who has compiled a guidebook of notable Catholic US landmarks off the beaten path. Craughwell omits the most famous places of pilgrimage like Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York or the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. .

Instead he places us among lesser known but interesting places including the Bishop Frederic Baraga Driving Tour in Michigan, the National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in New York State, the EWTN studios in Irondale, Alabama, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles California, the first African-American seminary (St. Augustine Seminary) for Catholic priests in Mississippi, the Nuns of the Battlefield Monument (dedicated to the over 600 sisters who nursed the wounded in the Civil War) in Washington D.C., the Benedictine Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Connecticut, and Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma.

The places described in Craughwell's book wonderfully illustrate the catholicism (a more inclusive term than diversity) of our faith in this country. Take a look at the book 101 Places To Pray Before You Die: A Roamin' Catholic's Guide.

Here is what Craughwell says about us:

Thank you Mr. Craughwell, we are honored.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for Thomas J. Craughwell.

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