The Basilica is Open

365 Days a Year
7:00 am – 7:00 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. Installation Mass of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory

    Installation Mass of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, 7th Archbishop of Washington

    May 21 @ 1:30 pm

    Join us on Tuesday, May 21st for the Mass of Installation of Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as the 7th Archbishop…

  2. Saint Vincent Pallotti High School Graduation

    Saint Vincent Pallotti High School Graduation

    May 22 @ 10:00 am

    The Saint Vincent Pallotti High School will hold this year’s commencement exercises at the Basilica. As America’s Catholic Church, the…

  3. Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Graduation

    Our Lady of Good Counsel High School Graduation

    May 23 @ 10:00 am

    The Our Lady of Good Counsel High School will hold this year’s commencement exercises at the Basilica. As America’s Catholic…

  4. Archbishop Carroll High School Graduation at the Basilica

    Archbishop Carroll High School Graduation

    May 23 @ 6:00 pm

    The Archbishop Carroll High School will hold this year’s commencement exercises at the Basilica. As America’s Catholic Church, the Basilica…

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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.