The Basilica is Open

365 Days a Year
7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Daily Masses

7:00 am, 7:30 am
8:00 am, 8:30 am
12:10 pm, 5:15 pm

Sunday Masses

Vigil: 5:15 pm (Saturday)
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:30 am
12:00 pm (Solemn Liturgy)
1:30 pm (en español), 4:30 pm

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Walk with Mary

    Archdiocese of Washington Walk with Mary Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    December 14

    The Archdiocese of Washington’s annual Walk with Mary procession and Mass to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, will…

  2. Advent vespers

    Third Sunday of Advent and Vespers

    December 15

    Joyfully awaiting the coming of the Divine Messiah, we invite you to join us this Advent Season and Vespers. Vespers…

  3. Confessions chapel

    Pre-Christmas Confession Schedule

    December 21 @ 10:00 am - December 24 @ 6:00 pm

    As we anticipate the celebration of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we invite you to prepare your hearts…

  4. Advent vespers

    Fourth Sunday of Advent and Vespers

    December 22

    Joyfully awaiting the coming of the Divine Messiah, we invite you to join us this Advent Season and Vespers. Vespers…

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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.