National Shrine Centre

Our Lady of Guadalupe,

Mother of the Americas


          Allentown, PA              

St. John Neumann founded the first Catholic parish in Allentown, PA which he called The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is now the National Shrine Centre. The steeple is 185 feet high and can be seen from miles away. There are sixteen painted and stained glass windows depicting the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and one of The Sacred Heart of Jesus.

We arrived here after closing hours, but members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society that were meeting in the rectory very graciously opened it up and showed us through. We thank them for their hospitality.

These new pictures were taken by:

Donald K. Heck
1045 S. Jefferson Street
Allentown, Pa.  

He was the official photographer for the 150th anniversary of the shrine.

Thank you Mr. Heck for these beautiful pictures.

501 Ridge Avenue, Allentown, PA 18102 

For information call:  (610) 433-4404