Due to scheduling issues, the January field trip has been changed to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on 13 January. The National Shrine, also known as Mary’s Shrine, receives nearly one million visitors annually and has been visited by Pope Francis, Pope Benedict XVI, Saint Pope John Paul II, and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, among others.

Ed has arranged a oneh-our tour for our group at 2pm. The tours include visits to chapels on the Crypt Level and the Great Upper Church and provide information about the history of the Shrine, the architecture, and the ecclesiastical artwork. View the magnificent mosaics ornamenting the chapels and the domes in the Great Upper Church, as well as several majestic sculptures depicting Our Lord, the Blessed Mother, and many saints.

Address: 400 Michigan Ave, Northwest Washington, DC 20017. Click here for directions.


Tour 2 pm (1 hour)
Church open to 6AM-6PM Daily
30 miles, 50 minutes
Theme Churches

Photography: The works of art adorning the exterior (such as the Great Dome) and interior of this church, and the surrounding grounds are protected by copyright. Still photography is permitted for private non-commercial use only in the Basilica spaces devoted to touring. Photographs of the Basilica may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner. Still photography of worship services or events in the Basilica is not permitted. Tripods and/or freestanding lighting equipment are not permitted in the Basilica without explicit approval and special arrangements.

Please email Ed Niehenke if you are going eniehenke@aol.com