What does NASPA do?
The National Association of Shrine and Pilgrimage Apostolate (NASPA) is an association of more than 30 shrines from 17 states and the District of Columbia that have been designated as national Catholic shrines or that have been designated diocesan shrines. Formed in 1990 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the purpose of NASPA is:
To restore the meaning of pilgrimage as a religious and spiritual experience of renewal, thus enhancing a sense of evangelization to to a pilgrim people.
To cooperate with diocesan directors of pilgrimages and pilgrimage leaders that the pilgrimage experience will become a spiritual journey of faith.
To inspire interest in pilgrimages to the shrines sacred to our Catholic heritage in this country and abroad.
To be of service to shrine personnel and directors of pilgrimages in their ministry in a pilgrim people, and to enable collaboration of efforts to this end.
Rev. Monsignor Vito Buonanno
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Rev. Salvatore C. Furnari, SAC
Saint Jude Shrine
Saint John Paul II