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

Rector’s Welcome

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

docent leading guided tour showing domes in great upper church


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

first mass in crypt 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.

basilica visitor lights candle

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. Corpus Christi

    Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood

    June 23

    On Sunday, June 23rd the Basilica will celebrate the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). The…

  2. Rosary Relay

    Global Rosary Relay for Priests

    June 28 @ 5:15 pm

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will once again participate in the Annual Global Rosary Relay…

  3. Filipino Catholic Community attending Pilgrimage event

    Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage

    June 29

    The Filipino Catholic Community Pilgrimage will take place on June 29, 2019 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of…

  4. Join us for the 2019 Organ Recital Series, Ted Davis from Baltimore, Maryland will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert Grogan will precede the Organ Recital at 5:30PM.

    2019 Summer Organ Recital Series

    July 7 @ 6:00 pm

    Join us for the 2019 Organ Recital Series. Andrew Vu from Washington, DC will perform. A Carillon Recital by Robert…

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.