Going the Extra Mile

Pilgrimage Destinations (that do not require airfare!)

St. Philippine Duchesne Memorial Park: (Centerville, Kansas):  If you are willing to drive one hour, you can walk where a canonized saint has walked and worked!  Besides learning about how St. Philippine Duchesne served the Potawatomi Indians during their forced “Trail of Death” march in the 1800s, you will learn about an event in U.S. history that should never be forgotten. 

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration: (Clyde Missouri): This beautiful pilgrimage destination is just a 2-hour drive from home.  The Clyde Monastery chapel and grounds are filled with compelling statues, all nestled in an idyllic country setting.  On site, you will find a room of over 500 relics.  As a bonus, visit Conception Abbey, only a few miles away from Clyde. 

Vacation Pilgrimage: You can turn any family vacation into a mini-pilgrimage by visiting shrines, touring religious sites, or attending Mass at historic churches or Basilicas.  Rather than simply “fitting Mass in,” make Mass a meaningful priority and choose your location with care.  If you drive through St. Louis, don’t forget to stop here or here!

Mass Times: Find the perfect Mass time for your family adventure here.

Day Trip Destinations Beyond KC Metro

Weston: This historic Kansas community is a 50 minute drive from Overland Park.  Attractions include Green Dirt Farm and Creamery, O’Malley’s Pub, The Farmer’s House, and Pirtle Winery.  Celebrate Mass or participate in a self-guided tour at Holy Trinity, a breathtaking and historic Catholic church that is over 100 years old. 

Miami County: This Kansas community offers a great escape from city life with only a 30 minute drive.  The Louisburg Cider Mill is a favorite local attraction (check their events calendar before planning your trip).  Families also enjoy the Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary (devoted to endangered large cats). 

Independence, MO: Visit the home of 33rd President Harry S. Truman, or tour his Presidential Library.  Children will love old-fashioned phosphates from Clinton’s Soda Fountain or a picnic lunch at Waterfall ParkSt. Mary’s Catholic Church, which was founded in 1823, is the perfect blend of historic grandeur and cozy-quaintness. An additional 30 minute drive will take you to Missouri Town 1855, where families can explore a living history museum, which includes a functioning blacksmith shop, a mercantile, and an old fashioned church.