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Hours of Operation

6:00am-6:00pm daily

Daily Masses

(Monday-Saturday)
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
WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE RECTOR

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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VISIT US

Tours

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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AMERICA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

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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ENROLLMENTS & DEVOTIONALS

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. Veneration of the Relics of St. Padre Pio

    Veneration of the Relics of St. Padre Pio

    May 21 - May 22

    On Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd, Relics of Saint Padre Pio will be available for veneration at the…

  2. Annual Maritime Day Mass

    May 21 @ 12:10 pm

    On Saturday, May 21st, 2022, the Annual Maritime Day Mass will be celebrated at 12:10 p.m. in the Crypt Church.…

  3. Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A. Pilgrimage and Memorial Mass

    May 22 @ 3:00 pm

    On Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, the Archdiocese of the Military Services USA will host its annual Pilgrimage and Memorial Mass.…

  4. Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage

    June 25

    On Saturday, June 25th, 2022, the Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage will take place at the Basilica of the National Shrine…

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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.