The Diocesan Pilgrimage to The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will take place on
Saturday, October 22, 2022.
For more information please contact Christian Rada at 718-965-7313
- About the Shrine
- About the Trinity Dome
- Pilgrimage Schedule
- Parish Promoters
- Flyers (English and Spanish)
About the Shrine
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America and is one of the ten largest churches in the world.
Fulfilling its mission, the Basilica is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization, and reconciliation.
Designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is the nation’s preeminent Marian shrine, dedicated to the patroness of the United States – the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. It is oftentimes affectionately referred to as America’s Catholic Church.
Visited by Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint John Paul II, and Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, among others, the Basilica, though distinctly American, rivals the great sanctuaries of Europe and the world.
Byzantine-Romanesque in style, its massive, one-of-a-kind superstructure is home to over 70 chapels and oratories that relate to the peoples, cultures, and traditions that are the fabric of the Catholic faith and the mosaic of our great nation. The Basilica also houses the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art on earth.
Open 365 days a year, the Basilica is host to nearly one million visitors annually, attracting pilgrims and tourists alike from across the country and around the world.
The Basilica offers six Masses and five hours of Confessions daily, as well as Guided Tours, a Catholic Gift Shop, a Catholic Book Store, and a Cafeteria to accommodate its visitors.
The History and Heritage of America’s Catholic ChurchUpcoming
Events at the Shrine
About the Trinity Dome
“The Trinity Dome is the central and largest dome of the National Shrine. This ‘Crowning Jewel’ will be adorned in mosaic according to the original iconographic scheme of the Great Upper Church and will depict the Most Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception, and a procession of saints who have an association with the United States and the National Shrine.” — Courtesy of Trinity Dome at America’s Catholic Church
Bulletin Announcements for Diocesan Pilgrimage