At the Saint John Paul II Shrine, it is our sincere hope that pilgrims will genuinely encounter Christ through the life, witness, and legacy of this extraordinary pope and saint. To provide younger pilgrims with as rich and fruitful an experience as possible, we have several resources to offer.
Our permanent, self-guided exhibit, A Gift of Love: The Life of John Paul II, is extensive, interactive, and engaging. To further ensure that students’ experience of the exhibit is both enjoyable and educational, we have student guides with specific but thought-provoking questions for them to answer in each gallery of the exhibit. You can find links to these student guides below.
Our temporary exhibit, God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More, which is at the Shrine through the end of March, tells the story of this remarkable saint’s life and martyrdom, offering pilgrims a deeper and more personal understanding of religious liberty and freedom of conscience. Student guides for this exhibit can also be found below.
In addition, we have also developed a JPII-themed word hunt game for younger pilgrims’ enjoyment. Students can have fun with this during a break time while still remaining focused.
If you are a parent or educator interested in bringing a group of young pilgrims to the Shrine, we also recommend that you view our educator FAQs and various fact sheets.
Download Our Educator Materials
The Saint John Paul II National Shrine:
- Saint John Paul II National Shrine Brochure
- Frequently Asked Questions for School Groups
- Field Trip Sample Itinerary
A Gift of Love: The Life of John Paul II Exhibit:
God’s Servant First: The Life and Legacy of Thomas More Exhibit:
- God’s Servant First Exhibit Facts and Thomas More History
- God’s Servant First Exhibit Organizers and Sponsors
- God's Servant First Exhibit Guide with Answer Key
The Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
In October 2016, the Saint John Paul II National Shrine welcomed two religious from St. Faustina’s order, the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, who have been assigned here to promote devotion to Divine Mercy. The sisters very much look forward to greeting visitors and providing talks for pilgrim groups. Please let us know if your group would like to include in its visit time with the sisters for a talk.
At 3:00 p.m. each day, the Hour of Mercy when we remember our Lord’s Passion, the Sisters provide a meditation on Divine Mercy and lead the recitation of the chaplet, which all pilgrims are encouraged to join.