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Combine learning with relaxation for a winning trip to several of Indiana's religious relics!
Grab your friends and visit some of Indiana’s most beautiful religious sites. Spanning from candle lit grottos, prayer trails, temples and more this is a diverse religious journey you’ll never forget.
Start your trip with a visit to a community that began almost two hundred years ahead of its time. New Harmony Settlement began as a spiritual sanctuary but eventually became a sanctuary for international scholars, scientists, and educators. Take a guided tour of 20+ locations and explore this National Historic Landmark. By preserving its utopian legacy, Historic New Harmony inspires innovation and progressive thought through its programs & collections. A small town with a big history, New Harmony has plenty to offer from walkable shopping and dining to a winter concert series.
Your next stop is just a short drive away. Angel Mounds is the site of the largest settlement of its time in what is now known as Indiana. Built between A.D. 1050 and 1400, the town was occupied by 1,000 plus inhabitants until its abandonment around 1450. The town was a focal point of political, religious and social power for villages, hamlets, and farmsteads along the Ohio River. Multiple cross country walking, biking and jogging trails snake throughout the 100+ archaeological sites and property.
Visitors are always welcome at St. Meinrad Archabbey . Tour the peaceful campus and stay for Mass in the Archabbey Church when you visit this community of Roman Catholic Benedictine Monks. The Monastery also offers retreats and events throughout the year such as a 5k and art exhibits. The Monte Cassino shrine sits on top of a hill, surrounded by panoramic views of the Anderson Valley. Mass is held in the chapel and public rosary pilgrimages are held at the shrine during the months of May and October.
Next, take some time to think and reflect. Time to go to church with sisters in a soaring monastery (that looks like a castle). Take a guided tour or join the Sister of St. Benedict for prayer and Mass at Monastery Immaculate Conception . End your day at the gift shop then spend the night on the peaceful grounds. The Kordes Center is located on the spacious monastery grounds of the Sisters of St. Benedict.
Renovated by Arjia Rinpoche in February 2006, The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center encourages Buddhist teaching and holds Tibetan/Mongolian cultural events. The TMBCC sits on 108 beautiful acres in Bloomington and features the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Monastery, a Cultural Building, 2 traditional Tibetan Stupas and more. During your visit, watch a Puja performance, go to a mediation session, or attend a Dharma teaching, afterwards be sure to stay for snacks and drinks in the kitchen.
After a long day, spend the night deep in the woods at one of their quaint cottages. Built to represent a traditional Mongolian yurt, the cottages feature electricity, air conditioning, heat, plumbing and a full kitchen. Book your reservation to spend some alone time in one of these quiet, relaxing cottages.
Journey with a Saint and embrace the rich spiritual history at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods . Walk the same grounds as Saint Mother Theodore Guerin during your tour or participate in Mass at St. Mary of the Woods. Experience over 175 years of history during your tour when you visit the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Saint Anne Shell chapel and more. Don’t forget to say hello to their friendly alpacas before your next stop on your getaway!
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Located in Plainfield, the Islamic Society of North America contributes to the betterment of the Muslim community and society at large. ISNA has been offering a wide variety of enriching programs and events since 1963.
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Hinduism? Visit the beautiful Hindu Temple of Central Indiana and learn more. Stay for service and enjoy a guided tour along with a brief introduction to Hinduism. Tours of this immaculate temple are available the first Monday of every month.
Mounds State Park is just a short drive away! Mounds State Park features 10 earthworks built by the Adena-Hopewell people, a group of prehistoric indians. The largest earthwork is believed to have been built around 160 B.C. Be sure to leave time to visit the new Nature Center, take a hike or go fishing.
Almost time for college? Check out Grace College & Seminary . Grace College is a four year Evangelical Christian Liberal Arts college which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. Take a tour and visit the beautiful campus located on Winona Lake.
Follow the trail of a people searching for peace in Shipshewana, Indiana. Menno-Hof teaches visitors about the faith and life of Amish and Mennonites through their multi-image presentations, historical environments and colorful displays.
Make your way to South Bend, Indiana to visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame University . Open year round to the public, the Basilica is a place of worship for countless visitors, staff members, students and alumni every year. Take a tour, come for mass, or visit the Basilica museum during your visit. In town for a home game? The Basilica encourage Fighting Irish Football fans to stop in! After the game, stop by the south panel of the library tower for a photo opt with touchdown Jesus. Originally named the “Word of Life”, the mural shows Christ surrounded by some of the great theologians, doctors and teachers.
Next, take a quiet moment and visit the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes also located on Notre Dame’s campus. The Grotto is a favorite place for students to relax and pray in candle light. Take part in an outdoor Mass or the pray the Rosary during your visit. The Rosary is prayed everyday, rain or shine at 6:45 p.m.
End your religious experience in St. John, Indiana at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion . Step onto the half mile long winding prayer trail and experience the last hours of Christ’s life like never before. Set on 30 acres, the 40 life size bronze statues narrate the last hours of Christ’s life from the Last Supper to his ascension into Heaven. Afterwards check out their gift shop which offers a variety of unique items to commemorate your experience at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion.