The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Hours for New Year's Day

The Shrine is closed today, January 1, but the Basilica will open for Mass. The Basilica will open at 12pm for Confession and Adoration at 12:15pm, followed by Mass at 1:30pm. After Mass, the Basilica will close at 3pm.

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  • Candlemas Feb2

    Candlemas

    At 9am Mass on February 2, we will celebrate Candlemas and the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord. At Candlemas, our chaplain will bless candles that will be used in the coming year. Feel free to bring candles to Candlemas and have them blessed.

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  • Ash Wednesday Mar6

    Ash Wednesday

    Join us as we begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass. Ashes will be distributed at 1:30pm Mass. The ashes remind us that from dust we came and to dust we will return. Prior to Mass, Confession and Adoration are available, beginning at 12:15pm.

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  • Palm Sunday Mass Apr14

    Palm Sunday Mass

    Everyone is welcome to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass with us at 1:30pm in the Basilica. Palms are distributed prior to Mass, and during Mass we commemorate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem, just days before his crucifixion. Please join us as Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday.

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  • Holy Thursday Mass Apr18

    Holy Thursday Mass

    All are welcome to join us for Mass on Holy Thursday at 7:30pm in the Basilica. Holy Thursday begins the sacred celebration of the Easter Triduum. Over these next few days, we acknowledge Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice to save us from sin, as well as celebrate his resurrection. There is no 1:30 Mass this day.

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  • Good Friday Stations of the Cross Apr19

    Good Friday Stations of the Cross

    Everyone is welcome to join us for Stations of the Cross, where we commemorate the last hours of Jesus’ life before his death on the cross. Weather permitting, the Stations of the Cross will take place outside in our historic cemetery. The entire route is handicap-accessible. In case of inclement weather, the Stations will take…

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  • The Passion of Our Lord Apr19

    The Passion of Our Lord

    Holy Week continues on Good Friday. Join us at 3pm in the Basilica for The Lord’s Passion, where we enter into the story of Jesus’ last days here on Earth, including his death on the cross. There is no 1:30pm Mass this day.

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  • Easter Vigil Apr20

    Easter Vigil

    All are welcome to join us for the Easter Vigil Mass. The Mass has sections that are unique to this Vigil — keeping watch, celebrating the resurrection of Christ in the sacraments, and awaiting his return in glory. The time for this Mass is extended beyond our usual Mass time to accommodate the additional parts.

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  • Easter Sunday Mass Apr21

    Easter Sunday Mass

    We welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter Sunday Mass. It takes place at 1:30pm. As we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, the Easter Triduum draws to a close and the week-long observance of Holy Week ends.

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Home of the First American-Born Saint

Discover the inspirational life and legacy of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Elizabeth Ann Seton

The First American-Born Saint

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife and mother, and then found herself a widow at just 29 years old in 1803. Despite the hardships that she faced, she went on to do amazing work, and eventually became the first American-born saint in 1975. Visit this historic site and Shrine and see the museum, her historic homes, and the Basilica dedicated to her.

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Elizabeth Ann Seton

The First American-Born Saint

Elizabeth Ann Seton was a wife and mother, and then found herself a widow at just 29 years old in 1803. Despite the hardships that she faced, she went on to do amazing work, and eventually became the first American-born saint in 1975. Visit this historic site and Shrine and see the museum, her historic homes, and the Basilica dedicated to her.

Explore the Shrine