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

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    Together with Notre-Dame de Paris: A Benefit Concert at the Basilica

    April 26 @ 7:00 pm

    Featuring Notre-Dame Organist Johann Vexo and the Choir of the Basilica Join us on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:00…

  2. Basilica Sanctuary decorated for Easter

    Divine Mercy Sunday

    April 28

    As we conclude the Easter Octave, we celebrate and give thanks to our almighty God for His mercy that was…

  3. Organ pipes Great Upper Church

    Octave of Easter Organ Recital

    April 28 @ 6:00 pm

      Please join us Sunday, April 28, 2019 for our annual Octave of Easter Organ Concert. Clay Christiansen, organist emeritus…

  4. Asian and Pacific Islander Pilgrimage

    17th Annual Asian and Pacific Island Catholics Marian Pilgrimage

    May 4

    On May 4th, 2019 the Asian and Pacific Island Catholic communities will come together to celebrate their heritage and Marian…

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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.