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    A student views a rosary in the exhibit at the JPII Shrine Students of the Bishop O'Connell High School of Arlington, VA outside the JPII Shrine

    Resources for Students and Educators

    At the Saint John Paul II National 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.

    In addition, we have also developed a St. John Paul II-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

    About the Saint John Paul II National Shrine:

    About A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II Exhibit:

    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 Kraków, 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 time with the sisters for a talk as part of your visit.

    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.

    To schedule a visit, complete our Group Tour Form or contact Visitor Services at visitorservices@jp2shrine.org or 202-635-5400.