Shrine of St. Anthony
"How awesome is this shrine! This is nothing but an abode of God and that is the gateway to heaven." (Gen. 28:17)
The Conventual Franciscan Friars welcome you—as pilgrims, brothers and sisters on a sacred journey to a holy place!
Located in scenic Howard County, Maryland, just 30 miles west of Baltimore, the Shrine of St. Anthony has been home to the Franciscan Friars for over 70 years. In its long life, the Shrine has been home to many friars and has served as a student residence, a house of philosophy, and a novitiate. Since 1991, the Shrine has been home to the Companions of St. Anthony ministries.
Dedicated as a Shrine of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 2005, the Shrine of St. Anthony offers you an opportunity to experience the Lord in a variety of ways. We invite you to enjoy the beauty of our Italian Renaissance Shrine and Friary. Join us for Eucharist or Evening Prayer. Weather permitting, stroll along one our seven prayer paths, or enjoy the serenity and solitude of the Grotto of Lourdes. The Shrine is privileged to house a major relic of St. Anthony, given to them as a gift from their confreres in Padua, Italy. The relic is housed in the chapel at the Shrine of St. Anthony which is open to the public for prayers and reflection.
Be sure to check our calendar of events for opportunities to celebrate a feast at liturgy or enjoy a concert and dinner “under the arches.” The Shrine gift and book shop specializes in things Franciscan, from books on Francis, Clare, Anthony, Maximilian Kolbe, and Padre Pio, to statuary, icons, crosses, cards, and medals.