The St. Theresa Shrine in Juneau, Alaska was included in the list of national shrines in the United States. US bishops on her October 1 feast day had added the shrine into the list of 70 national shrines in the country.
“We are pleased to have the Conference of Bishops recognize the Shrine of St. Therese as a National Shrine,” Juneau Bishop Edward J. Burns commented following the official announcement on shrine’s inclusion into the national list.
“The shrine is a place of tremendous spiritual and natural beauty for all who visit, and we are happy the Bishops have confirmed what so many shrine visitors have felt in their hearts – that the National Shrine of St. Therese, Juneau, is a gift from God and a treasure to all who pilgrim to her shore,” the Bishop continued.
The U S Bishop’s Conference had approved the shrine’s national designation on September 13. They were waiting till October 1st to announce it officially on her feast day. It was announced by Bishop Burns at the Southeast Alaska Catholic Conference.