Basilica Closed

until further notice due to the coronavirus
12 Noon Sunday Masses Livestreamed

Daily Masses

(Monday-Saturday)
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.

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Upcoming Events

  1. the Blessed Mother and child in our lady of pompei chapel

    Annual Global Rosary Relay 2020

    June 19 @ 5:15 pm

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

  2. Assumption of mary rosary garden glorious mysteries

    Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    August 15 @ 12:00 pm

    On August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join us on this…

  3. Sanctification Dome

    The Catholic University of America Mass of the Holy Spirit

    September 3 @ 12:10 pm

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to attend the 2020 Catholic University of America…

  4. Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA Annual Memorial and Fr. Capodanno Mass

    September 6 @ 12:00 pm

    Two annual Masses of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, celebrated at the Basilica—the Memorial Mass and Father Vincent…

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statue in great upper church
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.