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Hours of Operation

6:00am-6:00pm daily

Daily Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 5:15pm

Saturday Masses

7:00am, 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 4:30pm (Sunday Vigil)

Sunday Masses

7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am,
12:00pm, 2:30pm (en español),
and 4:30pm

Upcoming Events

  1. Diocese of Wilmington Pilgrimage

    October 7

    On Saturday, October 7, 2023, the faithful of the Diocese of Wilmington are invited to join the Most Reverend William…

  2. Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

    October 8

    We invite you to join us in celebrating the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time.

  3. Anniversary of the Shrine’s Elevation to the Rank of a Minor Basilica

    October 12

    We invite you to join us Thursday, October 12, as we celebrate the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time and the…

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.

Most Recent Blog Posts

Guest Reflection: Fr. Jim Gardiner on the Life of St. Francis of Assisi

October 2, 2023

As the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 4, we invite you to read a…


4 Ways to Tour the Basilica

September 29, 2023

Did you know that approximately one million people visit that National Shrine each year? Whether you’re new to the D.C.…


Breaker of Heresy: The Rosary and the Blessed Mother

September 29, 2023

Believe it or not, the rosary as it exists today has been a long time coming. Its earliest form came…


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.

basilica front exterior with red and white flowers
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.