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Centennial Celebration

The Centennial Finale: Highlights from the Basilica’s 100-year Celebration

As our centennial year comes to a close, we invite you to take a look at the special posts celebrating our 100 years as America’s Catholic Church.

Celebrating a Century as America’s Catholic Church

As we continue the celebration of our centennial year, this Independence Day we reflect on the National Shrine’s role as “America’s Catholic Church.”

Basilica Insider: Making the Trinity Dome

Today, we are offering you an inside look into the making of the Trinity Dome, the largest and final dome installed at the National Shrine.

Bishop Thomas Shahan: Founder of “America’s Catholic Church”

“A glorious church… speaks with a divine eloquence that nothing can equal.” – Bishop Thomas Shahan The name Thomas Shahan…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Basilica

1. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in North America,…

“Distinctively American”: The Architectural Vision of the National Shrine

When Bishop Thomas Shahan first guided the construction of the National Shrine, he sought an aesthetic that would reflect the…

100 Years in Video at America’s Catholic Church

See the most significant events of “America’s Catholic Church” captured on film in this post highlighting historic video from the National Shrine.

Watch the Basilica’s Centennial Mass

On September 20, 2020, the National Shrine held a special Mass in honor of the 100th anniversary of the placing…

What makes the National Shrine “America’s Catholic Church”?

In honor of our centennial, we’ve asked the faithful to share their favorite memories of the National Shrine and what…

The National Shrine: Then and Now

Built by generations of faithful American Catholics to honor the patroness of our nation, the Basilica of the National Shrine…