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. Night for Witness

    Aid to the Church in Need: A Night of Witness Vespers

    November 23 @ 6:30 pm

    Join Aid to the Church in Need and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on November…

  2. Thanksgiving Day Mass Schedule

    November 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    On Thursday, November 28, we invite you to join us on the Thanksgiving holiday for Holy Mass. The Mass schedule…

  3. Advent vespers

    First Sunday of Advent and Vespers

    December 1

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

  4. Basilica Christmas Concert

    Annual CUA Christmas Concert for Charity

    December 6 @ 7:30 pm

    Sponsored by The Catholic University of America and the Basilica, this event draws standing-room-only crowds and raises thousands of dollars…

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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.