The Basilica is Open

365 Days a Year
7:00 am – 6:00 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.

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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.

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. Opening Vigil Mass for Life

    2020 National Prayer Vigil for Life

    January 23 - January 24

    Donate to Support the Pro-Life Ministry of the National Shrine   We invite you to join us for the 2020…

  2. 175th Anniversary of the St. Vincent de Paul Society & Blessing of the Mosaic of Blessed Frederic Ozanam

    January 26 @ 12:00 pm

    On Sunday, January 26th, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Society of Saint Vincent…

  3. St. Thomas Aquinas Mass

    The Catholic University of America Patronal Feast Day Mass

    January 28 @ 12:00 pm

    The Catholic University of America invites you to join in celebrating their patronal feast day in honor of Saint Thomas…

  4. Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday Schedule

    February 26

    As we enter the penitential season of Lent, we invite you to join us for Holy Mass. Imposition of Ashes…

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.