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. Archdiocese of Newark

    Archdiocese of Newark Pilgrimage

    October 26

    The faithful of the Archdiocese of Newark are invited to participate in their 12th pilgrimage to the Basilica of the…

  2. Solemnity of All Saints Mass Schedule

    November 1

    Join us on Friday, November 1 for the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be celebrated…

  3. International Day of Prayer and Fasting

    International Day of Prayer and Fasting Opening Vigil

    November 2

    We invite you to join us on November 2nd for the Opening Prayer Vigil for the International Week of Prayer…

  4. Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Choral Concert

    November 2 @ 7:00 pm

    In addition to the Basilica’s regular schedule of Masses on Saturday, November 2, for the Commemoration of All the Faithful…

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.