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Hours of Operation

6:00am-6:00pm daily

Daily Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 5:15pm
4:30pm Vigil Mass (Saturday)

Sunday Masses

7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am,
12:00pm, 2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm

Our Address

400 Michigan Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017

Welcome to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Reverend Monsignor Walter R. Rossi

Rector’s Welcome

A word of welcome to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception — America’s Catholic Church.

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Learn about the Shrine’s history, architecture, sacred art, and more, through our audio and guided tours. Reserve tours for large groups.

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The History of the National Shrine

Although its foundation stone was laid in 1920, this great shrine seems to have been conceived of as early as 1846, the year the Bishops of America declared the Blessed Virgin Mary the patroness of the United States under her title of the Immaculate Conception.

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Light a Candle

Lighting a candle for loved ones or personal intentions is a longstanding tradition in the Catholic Church. We invite you to join us in this tradition by lighting a candle at the Basilica.

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Upcoming Events

  1. International Day of Prayer and Fasting

    October 1

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception invites you to join us for the International Day of Prayer…

  2. Dedication of “The Home Coming”

    October 1 @ 11:00 am

    Please join the Basilica as we dedicate the latest addition to the exterior artwork of the National Shrine, The Home…

  3. Diocese of Allentown Pilgrimage

    October 6

    On Thursday, October 6th, 2022, the faithful of the Diocese of Allentown are invited to participate in their pilgrimage to…

  4. Diocese of Pittsburgh Pilgrimage

    October 8

    On Saturday, October 8th, 2022, the faithful of the Diocese of Pittsburgh are invited to participate in their pilgrimage to…

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Allow Mary’s Shrine to pray for you

Enrollments & Devotionals

Mary’s Shrine is a living place of prayer and worship. The prayers we offer for you, your family, and your friends are one of the many ways that we fulfill our important mission as a national sanctuary of prayer and pilgrimage.

Each day we pray for people from across the United States and around the world and present their needs to the confidence and loving intercession of Our Lady.