Hours of Operation

7:30am-5:00pm daily

Daily Masses

8:00am and 12:10pm
Great Upper Church

Sunday Masses

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

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.

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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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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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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. Solemnity of All Saints Mass Schedule

    November 1

    Join us on Sunday, November 1st for the Solemnity of All Saints. The celebrant and homilist will be Archbishop Christophe…

  2. Choral Concert for the Commemoration of All Souls

    November 2 @ 7:00 pm

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

  3. Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

    December 8

    The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us in celebrating our Patronal Feast…

  4. Annual Children’s Christmas Mass

    December 24 @ 4:30 pm

    The Basilica of the National Shrine and Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart invite the faithful to participate in…

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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.